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How can postpartum depression affect my desire for sex?

Hilda Y. Hutcherson, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Sometimes, a lower libido is just the tip of the iceberg. Rapidly decreasing hor­mones may cause you to feel weepy after giving birth. An event that should fill you with joy leaves you with tears and anxiety. Fortunately, these feelings typically resolve within a few weeks of giving birth. If they last longer, you may have postpartum depression (PPD), a true libido killer. About 20 percent of women ex­perience PPD, which can occur any time in the year or so after they give birth. Watch for signs like sad­ness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, anxiety, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness. Adjusting to the new normal of parenthood is tough for guys, too: Although there’s not much research on this subject, PPD may affect 25 to 50 percent of new fathers, par­ticularly those who are stay-at-home dads or whose partners are also experiencing PPD. For both women and men, counseling, support groups, and medicines help address PPD.


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