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Q. I do not experience orgasm inspite of good sexual drive after stopping Cipralex. Why?

Answered by
Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 18, 2019

Hello doctor,

I was taking Cipralex 20 mg before 15 months and was fine, and my sex drive is good even with Cipralex. I went to the doctor before five months, and she said to stop the medicine, so I was lowering the dose to 5 mg. While doing intercourse or masturbating, I am so excited, and my sex drive and erection is good. But when I ejaculate, I feel no pleasure, and I do not have a good feel. It seems like my brain not connected to pleasure nerve or something.

I went to the urologist and he checked and says everything was fine. He gave me Gentaplex. I tried it for one month and had more power in sex, but there is no pleasure when I ejaculate.

I went to the psychiatrist again, and she told me that she does not know what to do in this condition. So I do not know what to do. It is 4-5 months since I stopped taking Cipralex, and I still have this problem, and I am so much worried about it. Please tell me what to do. Is there any other medicine should I take?

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You are probably experiencing orgasmic anhedonia, which means you are not able to experience pleasure when you reach orgasm. Your sexual drive will be normal in this condition. It can be due to either physical problem or psychological problem.

It is good that you have already consulted a urologist and no physical cause has been found. Have you been on any other medication apart from Cipralex? Have you been using any street drugs? Did you have a blood test to check your testosterone and prolactin levels?

If all examination and blood tests are normal, then orgasmic anhedonia is possibly linked to psychological issues. Is there any underlying depression or anxiety? Are there any unresolved psychological conflicts?

You will benefit from consulting a sex therapist for a comprehensive assessment following which therapy or sex therapy can be considered.

Also lifestyle interventions like eating healthily and regular exercise will be helpful.

Try not to think excessively and worry about this condition. It will get better gradually with support.

Thank you doctor,

I did all the tests, and they are fine. The doctor changed my medicine to Fluvoxamine (Fevarin), then I went back to Cipralex because Fluvoxamine was not good for me. Will changing the medicine help me?

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is good to know that the blood tests were fine.

Regarding medication, both Cipralex (Escitalopram) and Fevarin (Fluvoxamine) are SSRI's (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They were very good and effective antidepressants. They can potentially cause sexual side effects in some people. So alternative medication can be considered depending on any depression or anxiety features that need to be treated.

It will be better for you to have a thorough assessment by a Sexologist before trying any further medication. Apart from medication, psychological therapy or sex therapy may be more effective.

I hope this helps.


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