How to deal when your partner has a lower sex drive than you (or vice versa)

Sex drive explained; mismatched libidos
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When medication may be the cause

When the desire discrepancy is caused by an antidepressant—people taking Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, or another SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) often report changes in sexual desire or health—another layer of confusion is added. And lower libido is already one of the symptoms of untreated depression, so it can be difficult to separate the side effects of the drug from the actual condition. A 2010 study found that 73 percent of SSRI-treated patients experienced “adverse sexual side effects.”

“SSRIs stimulate certain serotonin subreceptors and block others, but they’re not very precise,” says Steven Levine, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Actify Neurotherapies. “Often you end up getting the good with the bad.” For instance, the drugs tend to stifle

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