Liver Health and Sexual Dysfunction

What Causes Sexual Dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction can be caused by mental, emotional or physical problems for both males and females. Any chronic illness may be associated with sexual dysfunction. This is particularly true for liver disease. Individuals with chronic liver disease often experience fatigue and depression, which quite naturally contribute to a decreased interest in sex. In addition, medications used in the treatment of liver disease are known to cause sexual dysfunction and decreased interest in sex – especially in men. It is also known that many of the antidepressant medications prescribed to treat depression and anxiety cause sexual dysfunction, a common side effect. Finally, when one doesn’t feel well, the desire for sex is likely to wane if not disappear altogether.

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