Depression Medication and Sex

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    Michelle wrote...

     

    I'm not sure of the rules on this site so I hope I don't offend anyone, with this question but my husband has been so upset with me because of my lack of interest in lovemaking. I have told him some of the meds do it, that it's not him but me and where I'm at and how I feel about me right now. But he don't get it and it's the only thing we fight about. I know I hurt his feelings with what he feels is rejection and he hurts mine by not understanding all I want is for him to hold me tell me he loves me and that it will be ok. So I guess my question is have any of you had this problem and if so what did you do about it . Or am I just a cold and selfish person. Hugs, Michelle

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    Dear Michelle,

     

    You're not alone. Many people have similar experiences. Have you talked with your doctor about this? A change in your medications might help. Some work with a therapist on how you feel about yourself could also be very helpful.

     

    You might also consider taking your husband to the doctor with you and letting him sit in on part of your appointment so he can hear what the doctor has to say. That's often helpful for partners so they don't feel so left out.

     

    Whatever you do, keep the communication open between you and your husband. Some cuddling or hand holding, simple affection, might help your husband be less upset.

     

    Good luck,

     

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Published On: October 09, 2007