If you feel tired, forgetful, and indecisive, your sex life may not be the only thing that’s off. About 19 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, affecting 10 to 25% of women at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, depression goes hand in hand with low sexual desire. “If you’re depressed, you’re much more likely to have low sexual desire, and if you have low sexual desire, you’re more likely to have depression,” Dr. Clayton says. They feed off one another in a vicious circle.
Sex Rx: The dynamic duo of exercise and meditation just twice a week can ease depression, according to 2016 findings from Rutgers University. If you prefer to pop a pill, talk to your doctor about an anti-depressant that is not a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which have been known to affect sexual function. Medications such as Brintellix, Vybrid, Wellbutrin, Remeron, and Mirtazapine help lift the blues without zapping your sex drive, Dr. Clayton says. Wellbutrin may actually boost your sex drive.