I’ve noticed a change since starting fluoxetine three months ago. My mood is greatly improved and I feel more energetic than I did before.
But it’s not all sunshine and roses.
One of the common side-effects of SSRIs like fluoxetine is a decreased libido and difficulty in reaching orgasm.
Yeah. Wow. Talk about major side-effect!
Now fortunately, I don’t have a partner so this only affects me. I can only imagine what sort of stress there would be if I were in a relationship. After all, sex is a big deal to us humans. 🙂
As you can imagine, lacking an interest in sex for most of the time is a bit of a problem for a writer whose characters sometimes have sex. Because if I’m not interested in it, I’m going to struggle with writing about it. It’s a bit like having been marooned on a desert island for three months and trying to remember what a bar looks like.
Still, that’s not really the whole picture. I’ve read and enjoyed some erotic stories over on Wattpad. I’m writing Pegasus again. So there’s a part of me which is undeterred by the changes in my neurotransmitters.
It just goes to show that inside the human mind is where things get complicated. 🙂
I could go into an explanation of what exactly has changed, but hmm, I think I’m already in Tee-Em-Eye land.
Suffice it to say that I’ve taken this experience on board and I’m dealing with it. I may end up going back to the doctor, but for now I’m going to stick with the fluoxetine and see how it works over the longer term, and whether I can adapt to overcome the side-effects.