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SSRI sexual dysfunction: a female perspective.

Research paper by Paula L PL Hensley, H George HG Nurnberg

Indexed on: 20 Mar '02Published on: 20 Mar '02Published in: Journal of sex & marital therapy



Abstract

Women experience two to three times the rate of depression that men do. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are prescribed for many conditions other than depression, such as anxiety disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pain syndromes, impulse control disorders, and personality disorders, some of which are more common in women. Increasing awareness of sexual side effects has tempered the initial enthusiasm with which SSRIs were greeted. Men taking SSRIs report higher rates of sexual side effects than women taking them, however, women seem to experience more severe sexual dysfunction. In this article, we discuss the epidemiology of sexual dysfunction and describe treatments with sildenafil.