According to the National Mental Health Association, approximately 12 million women in the Untied States experience clinical depression each year, and one in eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime. Depression in women can take many forms. Depressive symptoms can include feeling sad, down in the dumps, tired and stressed. It can affect all aspects of your life, including loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy. It is not uncommon to have appetite or weight changes coupled with difficulty concentrating.
Women are more likely to experience atypical depression – they eat more, sleep more and gain weight. Women are about twice as likely as compared to men to suffer from depression. Many factors are implicated in the origin of depression including biological, psychological and social factors. Medical problems can contribute to depression, so its always critical to get a comprehensive history and medical examination. Some cultural or psychosocial problems that may lead to depression include poor self image/ esteem relationship dissatisfaction.
Luckily, there are a variety of treatment modalities that can safely and effectively treat depression, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been come the first choice of antidepressant medications. Many experience life-changing results and return to normal once they have consistently taken these medications. According to the USA today report on Americans taking antidepressants- the amount of Americans using antidepressants doubled in the past – close to 50 million people
Not surprisingly, we see that depressed mood and sexual concerns and difficulties – including changes in sexual desire and lowered arousal – are often intertwined. SSRIs can cause many types of sexual concerns, such as the inability to have an orgasm. Lowered sexual interest is common for both men and women. The sexual side effects of SSRIs have been under estimated and most health care professionals are reluctant to discuss sexual side effects with their patients.
In my clinical experience it remains critical for these women to maintain their SSRI mediciations. Depression is devastating. Sexual side effects are often troublesome, but can be addressed in a variety of ways. For instance, I recommend that if they take their medication in the morning, they enjoy morning sex play before their dose. The amount of SSRI in their system maybe at its lowest level and may allow enough escape, so that they can enjoy orgasm. Another excellent solution to heighten your sexual response and improve sexual satisfaction is with Zestra ®, a patented blend of botanical oils and extracts that has been clinically proven to be safe and effective. Zestra can be applied topically to help with latency to orgasm and has been reported by many women on SSRI also report improved sexual orgasmic response.
If you think your are suffering from depression, seek medical attention and get a proper medical and psychological assessment early. Do not be afraid to get treatment and do not get scared of the possible sexual side effects. There are sexual medicine specialists who can deal with all issues that are medication induced. Help is close by.
Do not let your mind, body, soul or orgasm be depressed.
This month’s tip “From the desk of the Sexual Medicine Gynecologist” was provided by guest blogger Dr. Michael L. Krychman, Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine.