Medicines + Sex: Not Always A Good Mix

Drugs and certain medications seem to be all the hype these days amongst youth and mainstream media. It’s now popular to drop hints of your private drug usage to the world. However, the side effects that come along with using these medications seem to be kept quiet. One of which takes a big hit to your sex life.

For both men and women, it takes a complicated chain of events to move from arousal to a satisfying orgasm. The mind has to stay focused, nerves have to stay sensitive, and blood has to flow to all the right places. Unfortunately, many things can break the chain – including, perhaps, the pills in your medicine cabinet.

Medicines often work by altering blood flow and brain chemistry, so it’s no surprise that they can affect sexual function, and not always for the better. Medications can shut down a person’s sex drive, delay orgasms, or prevent orgasms entirely. Medications are also a leading cause of erectile dysfunction in men.

If you’ve noticed a drop in your ability to have or enjoy sex, talk to your doctor about possible causes. Be sure to bring a list of every medication you’re taking. A simple change of drugs or doses could be all it takes. But never stop taking a prescription drug or change dosages on your own. Your doctor can help you determine if a drug you’re taking is the problem – and help you switch to another medication safely.

What drugs can affect sexual function?

SSRIs (Antidepressants) You may have noticed that television ads for common antidepressants such as Paxil (paroxetine) or Zoloft (sertraline) mention “certain sexual side effects.” The full story is that for some people, SSRI antidepressants can