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Losing sex drive? Check your medicine cabinet

Warning On Birth Control And Antidepressants
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Sexual enhancement products are not only aimed at men, but also women. There are many products and techniques to improve the sex drive, and eliminate sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Unfortunately, there’s no prescription pill which can instantly cure problems with libido. However, there are certain solutions which can increase your libido, and help you overcome some problems in the bedroom. Most men and women spend loads of money to find out about these solutions. However, they don’t focus on the cause of the problem.

It is important to understand that sexual enhancement is a very broad category. It includes a wide range of products and techniques, including libido pills, enhancement creams, over the counter lubricants and more. According to some new studies, many different natural ingredients in the market are also effective for sexual enhancement.

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But did you know that your problem may be easily treated by stopping the use of certain drugs you might be taking. Some studies suggest that birth control pills and antidepressants can be the reason for your lack of sex drive. Thus, if you’re taking these medications, stopping their use or choosing a different dosage might be an excellent alternative.

Birth Control Pills

A lot of different hormonal birth control methods like patches and pills can increase the level of SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) in women. This can reduce the amount of testosterone floating around freely in the person’s bloodstream. According to a Boston University study conducted in 2006, birth control pills may have some serious long term impact on sex drive in some women.

The study was conducted by Irwin Goldstein, MD, San Diego Sexual Medicine. He’s also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He noted that the levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin were twice as high in women taking birth control pills as those who had never taken any. The levels were even higher in women who had stopped taking the pills within the past 4 months from the study.

However, Hilda Hutcherson, MD and Ob-GYN Professor, Columbia University had a different point of view. According to her, such long term effects are quite rare. She believes that sex drive problems associated with birth control pills tend to disappear when patients switch their pill formulations. She also believes that the progestin in the pills seems to have an impact on libido. According to Dr. Hutcherson, some progestins may have a male hormone (androgen) effect, and less effect on libido.

She also recommends that patients experiencing any problems should try a different birth control pill. With most patients treated by Dr. Hutcherson, she’s noted that the sex drive comes back when patients are taken off the pill or switched to a different brand. In a way, this coincides with the study conducted by the Boston University.


SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors like Prozac can help you cheer up. However, they can also interfere with another potential source of satisfaction and happiness - sexual pleasure. It is worth mentioning that some doctors retain the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in the medication, but increase the amount of dopamine. According to Dr. Goldstein, this acts as an antidote to SSRIs. For some patients, doctors may even switch them to Wellbutrin, and reduce the SSRI.

It is important to understand that every person’s body reacts differently to medications and drugs. However, for some people, depression can be more of a sex drive inhibitor than the SSRIs. For another set of suffering patients, taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors can actually increase the sex drive and make libido more functional. Thus, when it comes to antidepressants, effects may be random and vary for every patient.

What if You Need this Medicine?

There are times when just switching to a different type of medication or a completely different formulation of your medication can resolve issues related to your sex drive. However, if you’re unable to notice any positive results and need your medication, you should not worry a lot. You can consult sexual medicine experts.

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They will be able to work with your physician and prescribe an appropriate medication which does not affect libido. It is important to understand that every drug may react differently for every person. Thus, it is very important to consult your doctor before taking any drugs, including antidepressants and birth control pills.