Is Depression can Affect Your Sexual Life?

Yes depression can affect the sexual life of couples. Before go through topic let us discuss what is depression.


It is one of the common physical and mental illness that affect your health including sexual life.  It is also one of the mood disorder which may be described as feelings of sadness, anger or loss which interfere the activities of an individual. As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it estimates that there is 8.1 percent of American people with age of 20 years are suffering from depression.

Some of the people feels experience depression in several ways and may interfere in daily activities which resulting in lost time and lower productivity.  It can also negative effects on their relationships and some chronic health conditions.

The conditions of depression get worse due to depression including

  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart problem
  • Arthritis

It very common thing that each and every person not feeling good at any time is one of the normal of daily life But if you feel negative for a long time period  and hopeless from life then it indicates that you are suffering from depression.

Causes of Depression 

There are some of the causes which are responsible for depression are as given below –

  • Unemployment
  • Death of any loved one
  • Loneliness
  • Tension in marriage relationship
  • Impotence
  • Serious illness
  • Some medicines
  • Genetics

Symptoms of Depression 

There are some of the symptoms of depression which are as given below –

  • Loss of interest in any event
  • Feeling sad
  • Hopeless from life
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drink alcohol
  • Irritating behavior
  • Reduced in sexual desire
  • Lack of sexual performance during sex.
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue.

Depression and Sexual Health 

Both men and women feel difficulty in enjoying sex activity with their partner due to the problem of depression. There are some of the differences that depression effect in several ways in both men and women in sexual life.

Men – There are some of the symptoms of depression such as anxiety, guilt, and low self esteem are one of the main causes of impotence in men. These symptoms of depression are also occurring naturally with stress and age. Due to depression, men are also more chances to lose interest in any activities and also affect your sexual life. Antidepressants are directly related to the erectile dysfunction in male people. It also causes premature ejaculation may occur or delayed orgasm in male people.

Women - As per NIMIH due to depression in women, is connected into hormonal changes. The depression in women may increases due to following factors

  • After childbirth
  • During menopause and per menopause
  • During and before menstruation

Most of the women likely to feel persistent “bluesy” which can make them experience less confidence. This type of feelings can severely change your overall sexual life after marriage. Due to depression, women also not enjoy with their partner due to changes in the vaginal wall that can make sexual activity pleasant.

In other words we can say that both men and women face difficulty in enjoyed sex during depression which also causes impotence in men.

How Depression Affects your Sexual Health?

During the sexual activity, sexual desire is cultivated in the brain and several sex organs are depend on the chemicals in the brain for encouraging libido and blood flow increase for sexual intercourse. If you are suffering from depression, it disrupts the chemicals in the brain which can make sexual more difficult. It may be worse in old age people which has already have occasional problems with sexual dysfunction.

In this way, depression may adversely effects on your the sexual life. Antidepressants are one of the common treatments of depression which have several sexual side-effects which also affects the sexual health of any individual.


If you are suffering from any depression which affects your sexual life then first of all treatment of depression by using medicines and other activities. When you are free from depression then you and your female partner enjoys sex in sexual intercourse.