Medication can have unintended effects on intimate health, even though they are highly effective in treating various illnesses and conditions. Bedroom dysfunction can be indicated by intimate difficulties, such as difficulty starting or finishing an activity, difficulty concentrating, and a delay or refusal to discharge, caused by medication.
To mitigate these side effects on your intimate health, it is important to collaborate with your healthcare provider. Discuss in detail with your doctor if you are taking any of the medications listed below to reduce the potential risks.
According to healthline the following medications are not recommended before intimacy:
Opioids can impact sèxual function by altering hormones in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad pathways. These pathways regulate the production of sèx hormones through the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Opioids block GnRH, leading to a reduction in the production of luteinizing hormone. Consequently, sèxual function may be affected.
2. Anti-epileptic Drugs:
Anti-epileptic drugs should be used with caution before intimacy. Erèctile dysfunction (ED), hypo- or hyper-functioning, and ejaculatory dysfunction are common side effects associated with these drugs. Traditional anti-epileptic drugs like valproate and enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAEDs) carry a higher risk of diminishing intimate desire.
If you experience intimate side effects from anti-epileptic drugs, consult your doctor about the possibility of lowering your dosage or switching to alternative medications.
3. Birth control pills:
While hormonal birth control is effective in preventing pregnancy, it can have undesirable side effects, including a decrease in intimate desire when taken before intimacy. However, considering the primary benefit of birth control, which is preventing conception, the advantages often outweigh the potential loss of intimate desire.
4. High-blood-pressure medications:
Taking blood pressure medications immediately before intimacy is not recommended, as they may reduce your effectiveness. Diuretics, sometimes known as water pills, can decrease blood flow to the male organ. Sèxual issues, particularly in older beta blockers like propranolol (Inderal LA, Innopran XL), are commonly associated with these medications.
In a recent study conducted in Japan, individuals undergoing antiepileptic medication treatment had significantly lower sèxual function scores compared to controls after six months of treatment. Patients receiving sodium valproate had the poorest scores for intimate function, while levetiracetam had the least detrimental effects.
Remember to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice and to explore potential alternatives if you are experiencing intimate side effects from any of these medications.
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