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Are you taking any antidepressants? They could be stealing your sex drive.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs that includes Prozac and Zoloft are probably the number one cause of inability to have an orgasm. They short-circuit your pleasure centre by decreasing levels of the brain chemical dopamine (one of the sexual triumvirate, along with estrogen and testosterone).

Women on SSRIs can lack that full range of emotion. They don’t get very depressed about anything, but they don’t get very excited about anything, either.

If that zombie-like feeling is torpedoing your love life, ask your doctor whether you could switch to Wellbutrin, a drug that raises dopamine levels (preliminary studies show it may improve sexual desire in nondepressed women).

One problem: Wellbutrin can cause anxiety, which is common in depressed people. If you’re taking a shorter-acting SSRI, such as Zoloft or the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Effexor, you may be able – with your doctor’s okay – to take a short drug holiday. If you don’t take it Friday morning, on Friday night and Saturday you can have intercourse and have an orgasm.

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