We all know how important exercise is for our overall health and wellness, but a recent study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety shed light on the potential bedroom-warming effects of working out for women who take antidepressants.
The research was conducted by a team at the University of Texas at Austin, which studied more than 50 women's sexual desire with and without the addition of exercise into their daily routines. All of the study participants had previously reported low libido as a side effect of depression medications they had been prescribed.
Lead author of the study, Tierney Lorenz, said in a press release distributed by HealthDay, "Considering the wide prevalence of antidepressant sexual side effects and the dearth of treatment options for those experiencing these distressing effects, this is an important step in treating sexual dysfunction among women who are taking antidepressants."
The women were first asked to spend three weeks engaging in normal sexual activity without any lifestyle changes. Then, half of the participants were instructed to exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week, just before intercourse, while the other half performed the same amount of physical activity without any schedule restrictions.
Participants who exercised immediately before sex enjoyed stronger desire and reported more orgasms, leading researchers to conclude that exercise could be an effective combatant against the side effects of antidepressants, particularly in the bedroom.
Every couple has ebbs and flows in their sexual desire and habits. If you're looking to spice things up a bit, why not try some exercise or adding a new and exciting all-natural lubricant into the mix? Who knows, you might just surprise yourself with how adventurous you and your partner can be!