The joy of sex after Prozac

Antidepressants helped me in a tough time, but going off them brought back one of life's greatest pleasures


Tracy Clark-Flory
January 27, 2015 5:00AM (UTC)

The other day, I found myself in bed with my Hitachi counting off orgasms. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. All in under 30 minutes. Not too long ago, it would have taken me at least that long to have just one. I kept going just because I could. I felt like the Cookie Monster of climax — my googly eyes rolling around in my head while I barked, "Me want orgasm!" It may or may not have occurred to me at one point to get out a stopwatch. I sort of wanted to call a friend about my newfound orgasmability. I kind of wanted to tweet about it.

The secret to this surprise sexual awakening? A couple of months ago, I stopped taking Prozac.

I went on antidepressants not too long after my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was my second experience with antidepressants, but also by far my longest. There was just so much to endure for so long —  the diagnosis, the illness, the years of uncertainty waiting for something we didn't want to happen and then the grieving when it did. All in all, more than four years. So when I decided to go off Prozac, I couldn’t even meaningfully remember what anything was like before it....

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