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Friday, June 12, 2009

SSRI group testimony about PSSD - Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction and sperm damage caused by Paxil

I have already written about SSRI-Sex group however it seems that it's a hard issue to raise for many reasons and obviously because sexuality is not a very easy issue to talk.
I decided to publish one e-mail with the story of a member to make it easier to understand the problems people are facing.
PSSD has an article at Wikipedia and is reported to physicians. However it seems to be something out of the planet to some doctors. Now it's being unfold that Paxil damages sperm as you can read here at Philip Dawdy's Furious Seasons.

"Hi all,
I've been a member for 3/4 weeks now and I would like to share my experience with PSSD:
I'm 32, male. Used Zoloft for Nov.2008 till end of Feb..2009 (close to 4 months). Started with low dose (probably 20 mg and increased it to 40 briefly when I started having tinnitus. So, reduced it to 20, didn't help with the tinnitus. So, tapered off of it after taking 10mg for about a week.) So, all this lasted for about 4 months. And needless to say, soon after started taking it, sexual dysfunction started (trouble getting aroused, lack of morning erections, etc). I didn't notice this in the initial days as I was masturbating by watching porn and didn't have much difficulty getting or maintaining an erection. But towards the end of this 4 month period, I noticed some trouble getting an erection. But what followed after the withdrawal from SSRI was worse.
About 2/3 weeks after completely stopped taking zoloft, I started having erectile dysfunction. My PCP did the bloodwork, treadmill test etc for heart functioning etc and found nothing wrong. He offered to give Viagra, which I declined, because only I knew that he was treating the wrong symptom. My ED was not because of circulation problems or anything like that. My symptoms included trouble getting aroused, lack of interest in sex/masturbation, lack of sensation down there, no pleasure in orgasm, ED, soft erections, delayed orgasm, no interest in talking to the opposite sex, etc. Basically I was like living while dead.
I tried using L-arginine for the ED, but had to stop it because of severe heartburn, which was a side effect of it. So, wouldn't know if that would have helped. And just when I was about to give up and prepare for the long haul, one day it happened. I got slightly aroused one day while thinking about the opposite sex. 2 days after this, I woke up with an erection. And this recovery is into the 2nd week now and while I still have soft erections, I do seem to get an erection when I want it. The libido seems to be coming back slowly. And ability to have feeling like pleasure, sadness and anger seem to be coming back as well. After going thru this for a little more than 2 months, I'm in 2nd week of recovery. I'm not yet at a pre-SSRI level sexually, but I'll take what I can get.
Ya only thing I did differently 1 or 2 days before the recovery was do some yoga. I can't say if it helped because it was just 1 day. But it doesn't hurt to do some yoga & exercise & eating right."
This is one of many testimonies.

UPDATE:
There is not a single member of this group that has an authentic profile not even it's owner.
This is a pale idea of what is really going on.
There are many messages and some of them only a person from another planet would read it without crying.
People from the group want their problems to be heard that is one of the reasons I have published two posts about the group that strangely enough is not known by those who should be highly interested in the problem: psychiatrists.
There's only one (1) video at YouTube of a man who had the guts to tell his story.
I'm sure I'm helping others to know about the problem and if Vornan, the group's owner, thought that I'm causing any harm to any person he would have come here.
I follow this group since it's creation in 2005.

4 comments:

naturalgal said...

Hi,
This is a very important issue and i needs to be exposed.

However, I do not believe it is ethical to copy and past someone's words from a private, closed listserv onto your blog.

I know I would be shocked if I visited your blog only to see my words posted when I thought I was communicating with a closed group.

Did you get the person's permission?

NG

Ana said...

Naturalgal,
If you search SSRI-sex group the you will find 224,000 answers at Google and my blog is the first and the second answers. Trust me, it's not by accident.
There is not a single member of the group that has an authentic profile not even the owner of the group.
I thought about it because I take ethics in higher level.
But since I'm not revealing any identity and this is the story of many, many who suffers PSSD I don't see where I have committed any crime. This is a pale idea of what is really going on.
There are many messages and some of them only a person from another planet would not read it crying.
People from the group want their problems to be heard.
There's only one (1) video at YouTube of a man who had the guts to tell his story.
I'm sure I'm helping others to know about the problem and if Vornan, the group's owner, thought that I'm causing any harm to any person he would have come here.
I follow this group since it's creation in 2005.
Thank you for remembering me to put it at the post.
Ana

Alessandro said...

Hi justana, can i know where you read this story? I want to know if that guy recover or not, thank you.

Ana said...

It is at SSRI-Sex group http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SSRIsex/
You can join the group to read the discussion.
Unfortunately many people don't recover even after years off the drug.
You can also watch the video:
http://justana-justana.blogspot.com/2010/02/ssri-do-cause-permanent-sexual.html
There are other posts about PSSD.
Search the blog PSSD.
Thank you for the visit.