A class of antidepressants called SSRI’s help thousands of people around the world, however, SSRI’s in many case have the disagreeable side affect of reducing your libido. I’m going to show you how to increase your libido while on an SSRI.
Some of the main SSRI’s that have been shown to reduce libido are:
- citalopram (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- fluoxetine (Prozac)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
My Experience with SSRI’s and Low Libido
A while back I had a really bad experience. Half of my face was paralyzed due to what is called Bell’s Palsy. My left eye couldn’t close, I would only smile with half my face, and the affected side began to droop. I looked pretty hideous.
At first I was in good hopes. Most cases of Bell’s Palsy completely resolve within a couple of months, in many cases within a couple of weeks even.
I was part of the 10% who didn’t completely heal… while healing did continue, at about the 6 month mark I almost had a complete nervous breakdown. My doctor recommended putting me on Zoloft to help me cope.
So I gave it a shot. First week I felt nauseous, had chronic diarrhea, was unable to sleep, and the LAST thing on my mind was sex.
But after I stabilized for a little while, I began to resume life like normal. With still some moderate paralysis of my face, I continued on living, but I was able to cope with the situation much better.
However, while on the SSRI, I had very low libido.
I’ve personally studied quite a bit on natural ways for us men to increase our testosterone levels, and I’ve followed a couple of the guidelines myself for some time now, but while on the SSRI, I had to put all of the guidelines to work in order to get my sex drive back in shape.
I thought I was screwed… I heard numerous people say they had completely lost their sex drive while on SSRI’s, and I’m naturally a “worst case scenario” type of thinker, so I thought I was doomed.
However, following my libido enhancement exercises and activities, I brought my libido up to normal, and if anything, with the more positive outlook on life that the SSRI provided me with, I realized that my sex drive was even higher than before I started taking the medication!
Erection strengthening exercises, alongside the activities to increase my testosterone levels, also ensured that I had full strength erections while on Zoloft.
A couple of things to keep in mind when trying to improve your sex drive while on SSRI’s
- Make sure you’re taking the minimum dosage of the SSRI that improves your symptoms… some doctors like to “overdose” their patients… request that they help you reduce the amount you’re taking. Here’s a list of the average doses of antidepressants… see how your dosing compares.
- Make sure you are getting sufficient sleep. Testosterone production and quality sleep are closely related. Sleep is a little first to get at first, but in time it gets much easier to get some shut eye.
- If you just started taking the medication, realize that many side effects are transient, meaning in time they will pass.
- Perform activities that naturally increase your testosterone levels, such as weight training (especially squats and bench press with relatively heavy weight to what you can lift), a little exposure to sunlight every day, eat mixed nuts and leafy vegetables… For a complete list of things you can do to naturally increase your libido while on SSRI’s/Antidepressants, check out my guide to libido enhancement here.
Hope this information helps!