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Healing Depression Through Sex

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Depression is a widespread mental illness that is often treated with chemical supplements such as antidepressants. What if medications don't work? What are you supposed to do when the depression just won't go away? Let me tell you how I found healing through love and sex.


I really enjoyed this piece, it must have taken a lot of courage to write and everything you say, I agree with. Even the best drugs only mask the real issues, and the human body... your own and a loving partner's... have a lot of what is needed to fix the problem for good. I'm so happy you found that out for yourself.


I appreciate your experiences, but I think we should be careful about advocating healing without medication. The things you listed are real diseases caused by chemical imbalances within the brain, and as such treatment should be taken very seriously. Medical intervention with medication and therapy is often very much needed. It is VERY dangerous for many people to go unmedicated, and there is nothing wrong with taking medication that you need. Again, I appreciate your experience, and am glad you found something that works for you. I just think others need to look at their situation individually to know what is right for them; this way isn't for everyone.


I agree that sex can be a major mood boost, but at a really low point, I've found it can make me feel worse when it's over. Maybe if I made more of an effort to have sex right before doing something active or distracting instead of having more time to think?

I've struggled with severe chronic depression for over 15 years. I tried quite a number of doctor prescribed anti-depressants and they did not work at all for me either. Most of them had literally zero effect. I now suspect that a large amount of my depression is actually hormonal and not so much related to serotonin. Although I had the surgery for other health reasons, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and PCOS, I found out that an unexpected side effect of my hysterectomy was a gigantic change in my average levels of depression - probably around 80% better for me. I no longer spend some days crying and thinking about suicide all day, unable to leave the house or break out of the negative thinking. I still have depression but it is no longer crippling. It's been a couple of years since the surgery now, so I feel like this is a long term change. I don't feel like I'm always on a emotional rollercoaster, like I often used to feel.

Admittedly, this is a very extreme solution, especially since I am in my early 30s. It's not something I would recommend just for depression, or even any condition where hysterectomy is a normal possible treatment, unless a person has tried every single possible solution. Although I feel like it was very necessary for me, there are negative consequences for me. My sex drive has also lowered since before hysterectomy. My sexual function is also different and I struggle more with dryness and other annoyances. And I cannot experience any orgasmic pleasure from my cervix or uterus because they are no longer there. But it's been an huge relief to not be in excruciating pain for weeks at a time anymore, and to have less severe depression. Since I never wanted children, I have no regrets on that point, and I wish I could have had the surgery when I was in my early 20s, but a lot of women would.


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