Lupus and sexual disfunction

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Tammy B
New Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/18/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It has been a while since I have been on here, and, gosh, I have missed it!!!
 
I'm hoping someone can enlighten me --- as of late, I have been experiencing a low sex drive and an inability to climax during sex.  This is all new to me since my husband and I have always had a wonderful sex life.  (I don't usually admit that freely, but, desperate time call for desperate measures!! blush
 
Has anyone else experienced this??  I have recently (past 3 months or so..) had an increase in the Zoloft that I take and wonder if that could be the problem.  Also, if anyone has tried Cymbalta, I'd love to hear from your experiences.  Zoloft may not be the best choice for me right now!!
 
Any info. would be greatly appreciated!
dx: fibromyalgia 2006; uctd/probable lupus 2007; hypothyroidism
 
rx:  Prednisone 40 mg./day; plaquenil 400 mg./day; levothyroxine .025 mg./day; sertaline 100 mg/day; allegra d; caltrate plus d 600 mg. 3x/day; multi-vitamin


Butterflake
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 1551
   Posted 6/18/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tammy. I was so concerned about my sex problems that I asked my gyn about it. Not only did I have low libido, but I had pain during intercourse. The doc didn't think the prozac I was taking caused low libido. I'd taken it for so long. (I tried Cymbalta and zoloft, but prozac works best for me.) I hope the following doesn't get edited for content :-) She thought that I might have initially had pain from dryness, but then I came to expect the pain and would tighten my butt muscles which made it worse. She taught me how to relax my butt and recommended Astroglide (otc) for the dryness. Next she said to take initial penetration very slowly while my BF and I reminded me to relax my butt. All this has been a great help for me and my libido has improved. Anyway, you may want to ask your doc. I hope this helps. Love, Butterflake

Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, IBS, stage 1 kidney disease  Rx: Cellcept, plaquenil, prednisone, celebrex, lisionpril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, wellbutrin, xanax, ambien, neurontin, tylenol arthritis, flexeril, nasonex, phenegren, vitamins, Acupuncture.  "Welcome to lupus, where the strange is ordinary and nothing is normal." Donna 
 


dbab
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 4151
   Posted 6/18/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy, I have also heard that anti-depressants can kill libido. I'm not on anti-d's but I also have problems with libido. I'm thinking that it could be my meds also. I think meds in general just wreck havoc on us but help us at the same time. I also have Sjogren's so I experience the dryness as well which makes things that much worse. Lubrication is key. I also now have to be romanced a bit more than I used to be, my hubby now gets that. I wish I had answers for you, have you spoken with your doc about this?
Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007, Localized Scleroderma 2009
 
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg/day, Pred 2.5 mg/day (tapering), Methotrexate 10mg/week, Hydrocodone PRN, Fiorinal PRN, Baby aspirin, Prenatal Multi, Vit E, B12, Fish Oil, Biotin, Calcium, Folic Acid


PattyLatty
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 2570
   Posted 6/18/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago when I was young and healthy I took zoloft for a couple of months and my orgasm simply disappeared overnight. It became impossible for me to climax and as soon as I stopped taking it I was back to normal. I've had similar changes as of late but I attribute them to the changes in my weight, my health, and menopause. And possibly cymbalta. I'm working on all these things and may start taking estrogen again. It's too important a part of our lives to give up I hope you figure out what's the cause of your difficulties.
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, tri-est, cymbalta, tricor, acifex


Tammy B
New Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/18/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the replys!!! It's possibly the hardest thing to bring up in conservation, but, absolutely important!! I am going to check with my doctor, but, wanted to see if I could get any personal input first to go into an appoint with some extra info.

Thanks again!
dx: fibromyalgia 2006; uctd/probable lupus 2007; hypothyroidism
 
rx:  Prednisone 40 mg./day; plaquenil 400 mg./day; levothyroxine .025 mg./day; sertaline 100 mg/day; allegra d; caltrate plus d 600 mg. 3x/day; multi-vitamin


BigBry
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 106
   Posted 6/19/2009 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My latest flare has also corrisponded with very low limbido and the growth of breast tissue. My Dr. checked my hormone levels after I complained that I had pain under my right nipple and it was detirmined not to be cancer. As it turns out my testosterone is low and I have high prolactin levels. I was referred to an endocrinologist. It wasn't drug related according to the tests, but they don't have any answers. I was put on Androgel to try to raise my testosterone levels.

Bryan
DX: IBS 00, +ANA 05, Depression 06, MCTD & Sjogren's 07, GER 08, NO Sjogren's 09, Fibro and all over tendonitis?????  
Life is what you make of it.  Just something I try to remind myself every day.


dbab
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 4151
   Posted 6/19/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Bryan,

Hormones make a lot of sense. I may just have to ask my doc about that next time. I find it very hard talking about this stuff to my doc. Have an easier time talking about bathroom habits for some reason over sex LOL.
Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007, Localized Scleroderma 2009
 
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg/day, Pred 2.5 mg/day (tapering), Methotrexate 10mg/week, Hydrocodone PRN, Fiorinal PRN, Baby aspirin, Prenatal Multi, Vit E, B12, Fish Oil, Biotin, Calcium, Folic Acid

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, December 11, 2016 3:11 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,736,257 posts in 301,364 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151454 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, rmk1990.
131 Guest(s), 4 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Heatheranne87, lavendar, Steve n Dallas, gilly2


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer