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What is the link between depression and sexuality?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Depression can dampen your sex drive. Brain chemicals that normally send blood to sex organs run low or become imbalanced in depression. This can lessen or stop sexual desire. In some cases, sexual pleasure is affected by the low level of chemicals in the depressed brain. Depression can also put stress on a relationship, making it even more difficult to maintain sexual intimacy.

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