Have you ever experienced a period of having a lesser sex drive than what feels normal to you? Do you have trouble getting it up or getting wet enough? Is it extraordinarily difficult for you or even impossible for you to achieve orgasm, even though it's not usually a problem for you?
Decreased sex drive on antidepressants
NB: The Podcast is in Danish
If so, it's perfectly okay, and it's actually not at all as abnormal as you might think.
For some, however, it's not just natural sexual problems, but may instead be due to mental illness or side effects from antidepressant medication. Helle B. Krogh, a doctor in psychiatry, talks about the phenomenon in the podcast with psychiatric nurse San, who has experienced some of the side effects of antidepressants themselves. Because why is it so frustrating, and what can you do when your partner has a different sex drive than you do?
Helle explains what the link between sexuality and mental health really is, and what the body's response to antidepressant medication can be. She offers suggestions on what to do about it, and San talks about their experience with the side effects of treating depression.
Both San and Helle point out the importance of good communication when it comes to relationships where sexual problems create frustrations, and make a plea to rethink sex and think about why you actually have sex with each other and in what other ways you can create intimacy. They talk about why sexual side effects are still taboo in healthcare and that it is okay to ask your therapist to talk about it - because sexual health is health.
In the Peechy Pod podcast, we discuss sex, and all the ideas we have about sex, with wise and knowledgeable guests - but perhaps from a slightly different angle than you're used to from your sexual education in primary school. Tune in and learn more about yourself and others.
If you want an overview of the other episodes, you can see the collection of Peechy Pods here
Coordinator, host and editor: Ida Muus
Music: Hex Electronix