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Medications That Have Sexual Side Effects


Taking medications for everyday issues and symptoms is pretty common. We take pills for pain, for allergies, to prevent pregnancy, to regulate our periods, and when we have a cold. Some of these medications can affect our sex lives though. Want to see which ones? Then read more

  • Allergy medicines: These treat itchy and watery eyes, stuffy and runny noses, and sinus congestion. They can also dry up other areas of your body, too, like your throat, mouth, and unfortunately, your lady business. Luckily it's nothing a little lubrication can't fix.
  • Cold medicine: Any meds that are designed to deal with nasal or sinus congestion, or a runny nose probably have a decongestant in them. Just like with allergy meds, these can dry out your lady business, too.
  • Antibiotics: It's important to know that these can make birth control pills ineffective, so you should use another form of birth control such as condoms while you're on antibiotics.
  • Hormonal birth control: If you aren't on hormonal birth control, when your body ovulates, it creates very wet, egg-like mucus. This is so when you have sex, the sperm can swim more easily to your egg. If you're on the pill, the patch, the NuvaRing, or any other form of birth control that stops you from ovulating, your body won't create that mucus and you can become pretty dry down there. Again, nothing a little lube can't fix. Some women also notice that hormonal birth control affects their sex drive, and they're not as excited to get it on.
  • SSRI antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, include such drugs as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. They do a wonderful job managing depression and anxiety, but they can also decrease your sex drive or make it difficult to orgasm.

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