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For Women Suffering from the Sexual Side Effects of Anti-Depressants, Well-Timed Exercise May Be The Answer

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Because half an hour of moderate exercise is the solution to everything.

A drop in sex drive is an all too familiar side effect for women taking antidepressants, but researchers from UT-Austin say there might be a simple fix: pre-coital exercise. By working out for thirty minutes just before sex, women "significantly reduced the libido-damaging effects of antidepressants and increased…sexual function (including orgasm)." Which makes sense: annoyingly, half an hour of moderate exercise is apparently the answer to everything.

The study looked at 52 women, all of whom reported sexual side effects from antidepressants. For the first three weeks, they were told to have sex without exercising first, which sounds very nice. Then, the participants were divided into two groups, completing "either three weeks of exercise immediately before sexual activity, or three weeks of exercise not timed to it." And while both groups reported better orgasms, the women who worked out right before sex reported "significantly stronger libidos" than the anytime-exercisers.

Good news for everyone, really. For women dealing with the side-effects of antidepressants, a pre-sex workout is a relatively (relatively!) easy solution to boost libido. For doctors dealing with the women dealing with the side-effects of antidepressants, 30 minutes of aerobic foreplay is an accessible, cheap, and easy prescription. And for researchers, 30 minutes of moderate exercise remains the number one solution to all the problems.

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