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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 12, Issue 1, September 2014 pp 24-27
Effect on sexual dysfunction in depressed females after treatment with SSRI antidepressants
Abhivant Niteen N.1, Sawant Neena S.2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. V. M. Government Medical College, Solapur-413003, Maharashtra, INDIA.
2Professor (Additional), Department of Psychiatry, Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. hospital, Parel Mumbai-400012, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Introduction: Depression is associated with sexual dysfunction. As the depression improves sexual dysfunction also improves. There are not many studies on female sexuality. Aims and Objectives: To find out the changes in sexual functioning in depressed females after treatment with anti-depressant drugs. Method: 41 female patients diagnosed to have depression were included in study. Becks Depression Inventory, Arizona Sexual Experience Scale and Female Sexual Functioning Index scales were applied at the beginning and after 6 weeks to assess the improvement in sexual dysfunction and depression. Results: When scores were compared after 6 weeks of antidepressant treatment then a highly significant difference was seen on all the scores of BDI ( p< 0.000***), ASEX ( p< 0.027***)and FSFI. (p< 0.01**). On the various domains of FSFI a highly significant difference was seen on the domains of Arousal (p< 0.03**), Lubrication (p< 0.051**), Orgasm (p< 0.028**) and Satisfaction (p< 0.06**). Desire and pain domains did not show any significant changes. Conclusions: This study showed significant improvement in sexual dysfunction and different aspects of sexual dysfunctions after treatment with antidepressants for 6 weeks.