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Re: Perhaps many have thought of the same question:

Posted by doug on December 5, 1999, at 17:01:52

In reply to Perhaps many have thought of the same question:, posted by anon (as if our names werent' virtually anon!) on December 5, 1999, at 4:28:45

> I have had good success with SSRIs, yet, like many of you, I have undesirable sexual side effects. The issue is this: I currently have no girlfriend (I am a man). My sexual problem is the extreme difficulty in achieving orgasm- while, uh, masturbating. There. I've "said" it. Playboys, the whole thing. To me, this is important. But I would like to correct this problem: not only so I can continue to please myself, but also so that when I am intimate with a woman, I won't have to say, `I tried, it's just this medicine I'm taking.' Usually, when I'm turned on by a woman and things begin to go well, the problems subside somewhat. I think that the real-life encounter, the flirting ritual, and the prospect of imminent, real sexual contact exerts a powerful effect on my ability to get an erection and come (excuse the perhaps inappropriate choice of words).
> I guess I'm just shy admitting this to my psychiatrist, as he knows I have no girlfriend. Everytime he asks how my Zoloft is working, I say it's fine. But even when I'm without a girlfriend, I enjoy indulging in the thrills my erogenous zone can provide. Lately, I've masturbated for as much as thirty minutes, and then finally GIVING UP on being able to come, which NEVER occurred before Zoloft.
> Is anyone there with me?
I know exactly how you feel. I had never had any problems in any way similar to anorgasmia unitil I started SSRI therapy. I tried Celexa, Paxil, and Luvox all with the anorgasmia side effect. I guess I can now sympathize with women having problems achieving orgasms. It is VERY frustrating. The only AD to not cause anorgasmia for me is Serzone. Also, in response to the Viagra suggestions, my understanding is that Viagra is for libido and/or errectile dysfunction, which is definitely not the problem with anorgasmia. The erection and desire is there but not the ability to achieve orgasm. Also, many times you never know when/if a sexual experience is going to take place, so even if the viagra worked spontaneity would go out the window.




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