updated 2/5/2004 12:57:53 PM ET 2004-02-05T17:57:53

The opinions expressed herein are the guest's alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have a question about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

  1. Don't miss these Health stories
    1. Splash News
      More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?

      Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring.

    2. Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
    3. Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts
    4. CDC: 2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US
    5. What stresses moms most? Themselves, survey says

Question: I've been taking an antidepressant for three years now and I have no sex drive. My husband has to beg me. Should I seek an alternative?

Answer: Many people have approached their depression with the belief that it is lifelong for them. They begin taking an antidepressant and find their sexual desire and sometimes functioning make a change for the worse. That's when I recommend that people not think of dealing with their depression by medication only and that they work toward getting off the antidepressant.

So far, fairly good results have been found for treating depression when antidepressants are combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. I recommend that you consider that approach.

Right now, sexual side effects are found with most antidepressant medications. If you have the patience and the fortitude to do a trial of several different ones to see if you can be on one that does not affect you that way, that would be another approach.

Louanne Cole Weston, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and a board-certified sex therapist in practice since 1983. Her work in the field of human sexuality includes extensive experience as a therapist, educator, and researcher.

© 2013 WebMD Inc. All rights reserved.


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments