Taking an Antidepressant? How Exercise Could Help Combat Side EffectsJessica Cohen
Nobody wants to talk about sexual dysfunction. At least I can’t think of anyone who would want to talk about it, but I could be wrong. I can’t imagine that it is an easy topic to discuss, even with a doctor. Whenever I see those commercials about sexual dysfunction I can’t help but wonder how the actor or actress felt about getting that gig. Seriously, would you want to be known as the lady in the sexual dysfunction commercial?
We also know from watching those types of commercials that one of the potential side effects of antidepressants is sexual dysfunction. It is typically among the items in that long list of potential side effects which takes an extra fifteen seconds of the commercial. This class of antidepressant medicines might inhibit the sympathetic nervous system which generates blood flow to the, shall we say, nether regions of our bodies. (And I don’t mean the feet.)
Now research shows that there is a work-around for sexual dysfunction that could be a possible side effect of taking prescription antidepressants. Or perhaps I should say workout-around.
We all know that exercise is super important for our overall health and wellness. Now researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that sexual dysfunction can be treatable with a dose of moderately intense workouts. The physical activity of a workout gets that sympathetic nervous system going, which promotes blood flow to you-know-where. Having a regular exercise routine can improve both sexual desire and experience. Timing can be a factor too. Women who exercised immediately before sex reported having a more powerful sex drive and better orgasms. Well, hooray for exercise!
As someone who has been through postpartum depression, I can tell you firsthand that antidepressants are so important to people who are suffering from depression of any kind. Too many people I know have benefitted immensely with the help of a doctor and the right medication for them. I would hate to think that someone might avoid taking a prescription because of that potential side effect of the medication. If working out regularly or scheduling exercise before sex might alleviate that side effect for those who suffer from it, then to me this is yet another reason why getting regular exercise is important.
Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a medical professional before making changes to your lifestyle.
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