Is Low mood Affecting Your Sex Life?

When everything’s going right, it’s easy to take sex for granted. However, as soon as problems arise, this perfectly natural activity takes on a whole new level of significance. For example, if your sex drive suddenly drops, this could lead to a series of other difficulties. One possible outcome is that a lack of physical intimacy causes problems in your relationship. After all, your partner might assume you no longer find them attractive.
There are lots of factors that can impact on your appetite for sex and your ability to get aroused, including low mood. These can even contribute to premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction (ED). The good news is, there are ways to tackle low mood and to get your sex life back on track as a result.
The impact of stress

Life these days can be very stressful. From pressures at work to family issues and money worries, there is a lot to cope with. If you think stress could be causing you problems in the bedroom, it may be time to make some changes.
Perhaps it’s worth looking for a new job, or maybe you could benefit from making your life easier at home. It’s also worth considering relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation.
Cutting down on your stress levels could do wonders for your sex life, and it’ll make your life better in general.
Depression

Unfortunately, not all cases of low mood are so easy to resolve. If you’ve been experiencing extreme feelings of sadness for a long time or you take little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy, you might be depressed.
It’s really important to see your GP if you suspect you’re suffering from depression and you might benefit from taking antidepressants. However, bear in mind that these medicines can themselves result in a reduced sex drive or cause erectile dysfunction as side effects. If you’re already on antidepressants and you think they might be having a negative impact on your sex drive, talk to your doctor. You may benefit from switching to a different medicine.
Alternatively, therapies, such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy or couples therapy, may help you to work through your problems and resolve your depression.
Drugs and alcohol

It can be tempting to self-medicate if you’re feeling low, whether you’re depressed or you’re suffering from stress and anxiety. Having a couple of extra beers or glasses of wine in the evenings might seem like a good idea at the time. However, bear in mind that alcohol changes the chemistry in the brain, making you more susceptible to depression. Alcohol has also been proven to reduce sex drive and can contribute to premature ejaculation and ED. The same applies to recreational drugs like cannabis and cocaine.
What next?
Even after you’ve got to the bottom of your low mood and taken steps to address it, you might find your sexual performance isn’t what you’d like it to be. Luckily, help is at hand as ED medicines are now widely available.
Author bio
Dr Tom Brett is an NHS accredited doctor and Medical Director for the Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor service. In 1998 he gained fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and in 2000 he was awarded a certificate in Sexual Health and HIV prescribing. He regularly helps men suffering with ED to get their sex lives back on track by prescribing ED medicines such as Sildenafil at onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com.

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