Exercise Found to Improve Sex Drive for Women on Antidepressants

C. Price

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A lowered libido is a common side effect for many women taking antidepressants.

Yet new research is finding exercise can provide some relief.

Exercise was found to moderately help with problems of low sex drive among females taking certain antidepressants.

For the research, 52 women who experienced a decreased libido after taking antidepressants participated. The women each had intercourse three times weekly without any regular exercise for a three-week period.

Following this, participants were asked to maintain that schedule but to add 30 minutes of exercise prior to sexual activity.

As a result, the findings suggest regular exercise prior to sexual activity helped improve orgasms. The high intensity exercise, according to the researchers, stimulated the sympathetic nervous system controlling blood flow to the genitals.

“Regular exercise prior to sexual

activity helped improve orgasms.”

Antidepressants can cause a lowered blood pressure while decreasing blood flow as a common side effect.

While the study does not mention men can be aided by fashion in the same way, many men do experience similar side effects from certain antidepressants.

The results are supported by recent research highlighting the benefits of exercise to other areas of health beyond physical fitness. These stretch beyond mental or emotional health to include reducing the risk of breast cancer or even dementia.

Women are currently advised by the World Cancer Research Fund to regularly exercise in order to reduce the threat of uterine or other sexual health risks.

The study advises doctors should consider potential alternative means for maintaining health beyond the basic prescription pad.

Study author Tiernay Lorenz, of Indiana University, writes, “Considering the wide prevalence of antidepressant sexual side effects and the dearth of treatment options for those experiencing these distressing effects, this is an important step in treating sexual dysfunction.”

The findings were published in the journal Depression and Anxiety. Read on: guardianlv.com.

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