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Women Taking Antidepressants: Improve Sexuality with Exercise

Sadly, one of the most common side effects of antidepressant medications is sexual. A lack of sexual desire, no interest in sex, and uncomfortable sex are all connected with taking an antidepressant. Since it’s known that exercise can help someone with a depressed mood, can exercise also help with the sexual side effects of antidepressants? Might people who exercise while on an antidepressant feel more sexually satisfied? A recent study came to interesting conclusions: (1) Exercise immediately prior to sexual activity significantly improved sexual desire and, for women with sexual dysfunction at baseline, improved global sexual function; (2) Scheduling regular sexual activity significantly improved orgasm function, but exercise did not increase this benefit.

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