Reduced sex drive - due to fluoxetine?

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I am a 15-year-old male who has been taking Prozep (basically Prozac) for around two or three years. I take it for anxiety and depression, and today I had an appointment with my new consultant. I currently take 20mg a day, having increased it from 10mg (and then briefly 15mg) in May this year. He informed me of the four side effects of fluoxetine (I wasn't aware of any of them!), and apparently it can reduce libido. I was with my parents and didn't feel comfortable discussing it so I changed the subject, and anyway, I didn't think I suffered form that particular side effect.

Later on, I began thinking about it, and started wondering whether I am affected by low sex drive. I began taking fluoxetine around the time that I was really developing sexually, so I think that perhaps I have never experienced my 'natural' sex drive, and maybe that's why I haven't experienced a reduction in my "sexual urges" as the consultant put it!

I masturbate at least once a day (sometimes twice, occasionally three times) and usually take around three to five minutes (sometimes longer) to achieve a full erection. Often I don't get fully erect when I masturbate. I did some research and found that most teenage boys take under a minute to achieve that. I do get spontaneous erections during the day and at night, but when I WANT to get aroused I can't seem to.

Also, I find that, while nearly all of my male friends talk constantly about sex, I never do. I don't know whether that's because I don't feel confident enough to do it, because I have more self control than most teenage boys (in many ways I am very mature for my age, and I would also count myself as a male feminist, so I don't feel attracted to women solely because of their physical appearance), or because I simply do not have the same sex drive as most adolescent boys.

I don't do any exercise, so that could lower my libido, but I eat healthily, am of average weight and I'm also a vegetarian (all things which I believe increase sex drive).

I would really appreciate it if someone could answer my question. If you need any more info, just ask!

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    Also, when I masturbate I find that orgasms aren't amazing. I still enjoy the journey, but the final destination isn't what it used to be (due to recent increased dosage?).
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    Hi Adam, medications can affect your body in the areas you mentioned.

    I never wanted to discuss such private information infront of my parents at that age either. When it comes up again. Do you think your parents would be cool, if you nicely said something like - ( This area is kind of embarrassing, would you mind much if me and the Doctor go over it in private.) 

    Everyone is different in their sex drive and many times what some of our friends claim, is usually an over exaggeration.

    In my experience masturbating one to three times daily in the teen years is within a normal range - some do it more and some do it less.

    Many guys like talking about sex because it is new or exciting, or they want to appear that they know more about it than they actually do, or they just think it makes them fit in. However, many of us don't really see the need to talk about it much and realize talking a bunch of BS about sex isn't impressing anyone.

    Some guys have different times in achieving a full erection for many reasons like being tired, being worried or stressed, not being interested or horney enough at the time, too soon after their last orgasm, medical reasons and medications, just to name a few - But we ALL experience it.

    It is great that your body is of average weight and you eat healthy. If you became interested in excercise, it could help the mind, body and confidence levels. Personally, I always feel much better when I exercise. Talk to you GP about it. If there are no medical reason not to, then Start out Moderately and work up. It wouldn't hurt to try it. The adolescent years bring alot of questions.. Give it all time. As we get older we seem to figure most of it out by default. Also, if some tells you something that sounds like abunch of BS, then it most likely is, lol.. I hope this helps some. Matt

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    There is a good news published in the July 2014 sex issue of The Scientist magazine. According to this article a serendipitous discovery from a novel method designed originally for treating back pain offers new hope for many women who suffer from sexual dysfunction.

    http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/40302/title/Accidental-Orgasms/

    "According to Stuart Meloy, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who made the discovery, the original finding dates back to 1999 while testing electrode placement on one patient, who “let out a noise between a shriek and a moan,” followed by a “You’re going to have to teach my husband how to do that,” from the patient after recovering from her artificially induced orgasm."

    I would recommend following to see when therapies like this may be available for the public and see if this may be beneficial for your case.

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    Hi Adam,

    I've been on various antidepressants over past 15 years. They completely annihilated my sexuality.

    What you may want to think about is that these meds can permanently effect your sexuality. Look up post ssri sexual dysfunction...it's extraordinarily common.

    The longer you take these pills, the more likely it is to occur.

    Best,

    Alex

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