Did Your SSRI Make Your “O” Go?

Season 3, Episode 120,   Mar 21, 12:30 AM

Up to 50% percent of women who take an antidepressant have sexual problems. By age 60, roughly 1 in 4 women are taking an antidepressant.  This episode is all about the science behind WHY SSRIs and other antidepressants can sabotage your sex life, and what you can do about it.  

  • Why so many mid-life women take anti-depressants
  • Why perimenopause hormonal changes trigger mood issues. 
  • Why anti-depressants impact libido and the ability to orgasm. 
  • Other things that impact on libido and orgasm in mid-life women. 
  • If all SSRIs are equally problematic
This is not a do-it-yourself project! Please speak with your personal clinician before making any changes in your medication!

  • Options
    • It may be temporary
    • Altering the dose
    • Switching to a different prescription
    • Drug holidays
    • Timing of taking your medication
    • Switching to hormone therapy
    • Oral PDE5 inhibitors
    • Topical sildenafil
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors 

  • citalopram 
  • dapoxetine 
  • escitalopram 
  • fluoxetine 
  • fluvoxamine 
  • paroxetine 
  • sertraline 
  • vortioxetine 
  • Amitriptyline 
  • Amoxapine 
  • Desipramine 
For more information on this topic: 

 Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain

Come Again! A Guide to Midlife Libido and Orgasm (available for pre-order) 

Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat

Dr. Streicher’s Inside Information podcast is not intended to replace medical advice and should be used to supplement, not replace, care by your personal health care clinician. Dr. Streicher disclaims liability for any medical outcomes that may occur because of applying methods suggested or discussed in this podcast.

Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the founding medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 


Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGN Morning News, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr. Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS This Morning, ABC News Now, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and World News Tonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 

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Books by Lauren Streicher, MD

Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat

Sex Rx- Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever

The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

Come Again! A Guide to Midlife Libido and Orgasm (available for pre-order)