Wouldn’t you love this to be a dirty little post?? LOL, I assure you that it is not. It is however going to touch a little bit on the link between antidepressants and the inability to reach orgasm. I am sure that many of you on certain antidepressants (Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) have experienced this nuisance when it comes to your medications. The same thing tends to happen to me when on pain medication as well. It is horrible.
Not only is the ability to reach an orgasm a joke, but so is the sexual drive. It became, for me, nearly nonexistent. It did not matter to me at all if I had any type of sex or affection… I could literally go without it for MONTHS at a time and not think anything of it. I simply did not, could not, would not get aroused.
Then again, while on Welbutrin (a type of antidepressant that does not have any affect on your sex drive), I was a raging sexual lunatic. However, it was also making me hypo-manic and I wasn’t aware that I was Bipolar at the time. The Docs had no clue either as this was 12 years ago when I first began my mental health journey. So I could have been the raging sexual lunatic because the meds did not negatively affect my sex drive, and because mania seems to increase my sex drive.
Sadly, some people experience post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) after stopping the use of these antidepressants that do a number to their sex drive. The reason why is not readily known. Orgasms, of course, are linked to specific areas in our brains…and what do we know about our brains?? Not a whole lot… though researchers are learning more and more all the time.
What do I find even more interesting?? Non-genital orgasms. Yes, people have these. Some people have orgasms from their nipples, hands, and feet… while some have claimed to have an orgasm from a “phantom limb”… or anywhere other than their genitals. Again this is linked to the brain. More needs to be learned.
Specifically, since I am not on any SSRI‘s (most of us who are Bipolar will be catapulted into mania with the use of antidepressants, so we cannot use them), I have not had any problems with reaching orgasms once my body became acclimated to the medication. The drive for sex is another issue. Slight cases of feeling “blue” certainly drain any desire or energy.
What interests me most is the non-genital orgasms. I will be researching more of this, and I will happily post what I find. ♥