Hey guys, I am 19 and quite frankly have major libido problems for like almost a year now. I don't know what the cause is but my endocrinologist say it could either be hormonal or physiological. He says the problem I am having right now is probably suffered from depression. I guess I am very depressed as I see most of the symptoms of depression. The problem is I don't see how depression can really affect libido. I mean there are millions of people out there who deal with stress and they have fine libido. The question I wanna ask is for all you who are depressed. Do you know if depression really affect a libido that much? If so, how am I suppose to get it treated and have libido at same time with depression meds.? My sex drive is almost a complete zeeeeeeeeero right now. Do any of you who are depressed still get turn on like watchin porn or watching erotic movies? I know this is gettin abit personal but I would really like to know how much depression could affect a libido. I really need some help and love it if you guys would reply to me, ty very so much...
hey there, u were probably expecting a reply from a guy... but hope this helps. I'm a 17yr old girl suffering from cronic depression, i know how u feel with the whole lack of libido. i'm still interested in guys (and girls..) but my sex drive has vanished. its destroyed many relationships and is starting to destroy the one im in now. as for porn.. sometimes yeah i get turned on. cant believe im telling u this.. but i used to watch alot of porn, got ridiculously turned on and ahem.. used the 'magic fingers' about 4 times a day.. every day, until i got really depressed a few years ago and then everything just felt empty and pointless. to the point were nothing turned me on, and i couldnt be assed with sex. i guess what im trying to say is ur not alone, but sex is one of the most normal things that we as people do.. so in time.. ur libido should come back. have u tried psychotherapy? my doctor made me go, it didnt help me but i know other's who have 'got better' from it.. so give it a go, its free in the uk..
Tony, I think that you should have your testosterone level checked, through a simple blood test. This hormone is responsible for libido, or lack of. At your age, you would have to be bedridden with depression, for it to affect your libido, the way you have described. Now if you take the meds for depression, that can decrease your libido for sure. Are you confused about your sexuality? If not, I would have a urologist check my reproductive system, for proper operation.
Tony... The one thing that is very in vogue at the moment is omega 3 (fish oil). If you google omega 3 and depression you will come up with some fantastic results. The latest is an Australian study. Prior to that it was a UK study both with fantastic results. Yes depression does affect your Libido so to does a lot of medications are you on any. But overall I am a person who is in tuned with my body and this is what I recommend to adolescents. 1. wear boxer shorts instead of jocks or just go free balling. 2. sleep in the nude. 3. go nude as musch as possible. 4. start to re explore your body, literally touch yourself every where until you are 100% sure that if there was a change you would know. 5. Don't just feel your balls for lumps like ever man should but actually get involved in playing with them. 6. Do the same with your penis as well. Honestly the more in tuned with your body you are the better the results. But immediately I would start on the omega 3. and I would get a blood test for Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone seranase 5a. when these two testosterone levels are low so is libido and other things but it also is a reason for depression. Hope this helps and good luck. John19
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I am sorry to hear that you are dealing with this too... I am not sure if you are on any medications and if so what kind, I am on Lamictal, Adderall and Nuvigil. I have no sex drive what so ever at this point... I mean Jessica Alba could walk in naked and I would still have to try to get aroused... It wasn't always like this, when I was around 20 I would want to do it all day. I went to all kinds of doctors, got put on testosterone which later found out that probably wasn't necessary... I also had my thyroid checked. On top of that I was eating super healthy and exercising a lot but still nothing. I was dating someone that was more than willing to have sex but I never felt interested... I have been like this for about 2 years now and I am suspecting the Lamictal, I am tapering off of it now and I hope that I can get back to where I should be... Just keep in mind that just because it isn't listed as a side effect it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. It might not have shown up enough in their study for them to be required to report it. If you aren't taking medication then I know depression might suppress it some but I don't believe that it would kill it all together. I would have you thyroid checked and testosterone levels checked if there are no medications involved.
Just a reminder always talk to your Doctor about going off medications, some of them will send you for one hell of a loop if you don't do it right.