Efficacy of an exercise intervention for sexual side effects of antidepressant medications in women

dc.contributor.advisorMeston, Cindy M.
dc.creatorLorenz, Tierney Kyle Ahrolden
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-22T19:13:38Zen
dc.date.issued2013-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2013en
dc.date.updated2014-09-22T19:13:39Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractAntidepressants are associated with sexual side effects (Clayton, Keller, & McGarvey, 2006). Sexual side effects are associated with non-compliance or discontinuance of antidepressants (Werneke, Northey, & Bhugra, 2006). Despite this, there are few empirically supported treatments for antidepressant side effects. However, in laboratory studies, exercise immediately before sexual stimuli improved sexual arousal of women taking antidepressants (Lorenz & Meston, 2012). I evaluated if exercise improves sexual functioning in women experiencing antidepressant-induced sexual side effects. Fifty-two women reporting antidepressant sexual side effects were followed for 3 weeks of sexual activity only. They were randomized to complete either three weeks of exercise immediately before sexual activity (3x/week) or 3 weeks of exercise separate from sexual activity (3x/week). At the end of the first exercise arm, participants crossed to the other. I measured sexual functioning, sexual satisfaction, depression and physical health. Completers showed modest improvements in sexual functioning and satisfaction. For women taking selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, exercising immediately before sexual activity was superior to exercise in general. As well as known effects in improved physical and psychological health, exercise may help improve sexual health and pleasure in women taking antidepressants. These findings have important implications for public health, as exercise is accessible, cheap, and does not add to burden of care.en
dc.description.departmentPsychologyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/26084en
dc.subjectAntidepressanten
dc.subjectDepressionen
dc.subjectSexual functionen
dc.subjectSexual satisfactionen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen
dc.subjectWomenen
dc.subjectExerciseen
dc.titleEfficacy of an exercise intervention for sexual side effects of antidepressant medications in womenen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentPsychologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineClinical Psychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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