Major Depression and Libido

Problems with libido can be a side effect from medications used in the treatment of depression. Depression itself can also be a major cause of libido loss. Often, depression is due to the frustration that the person's libido is not "in sync" with that of their partner.

Fast Facts:

  • It can be difficult for a health care professional to determine whether effects on libido are due to depression or an adverse effect of a drug.
  • Antidepressant side effects can be so upsetting that many men decide to discontinue treatment. This can be dangerous.
  • Alternately, one study found that over 70 percent of patients with depression had a loss of sexual interest when medication was discontinued.
  • In women, symptoms of menopause including depression can be a factor in decreased libido.