Medications That Affect Sex Drive

Sex drive in both males and females can be influenced by a number of factors. Aside from a number of health conditions, there are also certain medicines used for treating some common conditions that may affect one’s sex drive. Here are three of them.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills as well as patches are used to help women control their ability to conceive. Some of the hormonal birth control pills can cause testosterone levels in women to drop. There have been rare cases known of some birth control pills cause long-term effects on women’s libido. It may be as simple as stopping taking birth control pills that may bring the women’s sex drive back.

Antidepressant Medication

Antidepressants such as Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI’s may also interfere with one’s sex drive. But this may affect some people differently. Depression in itself may dampen one’s libido more than the medication. And at times, some people may experience heightened libido when taking SSRI’s and function well sexually, even more than when they were not taking the medication for their depression.

Diabetes Medication

Another type of drug that might affect one’s libido may be medication that is used to treat diabetes. Such medication can diminish one’s sexual desire and arousal, just like the condition that it is used for. This can affect ones libido by diminishing the fun and the enjoyment one experiences with sex.


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