Sex and bipolar disorder – Shh… nobody wants to talk about it!   However, if you have bipolar disorder (or are married or in a committed relationship with someone who has it), then I'm sure you at least want to hear about it!

 

Your doctor probably didn't discuss it with you and/or your loved one when you were first diagnosed.  Most likely, you were just given a brochure or pamphlet about bipolar disorder, and maybe your doctor answered a few questions you may have asked, but who would have thought about asking certain questions, like…

 

S-E-X?  You probably didn't even realize it could be a problem. 

 

Most people don't think to ask about that.  In fact, it usually doesn't become a problem for many people until bipolar medications are begun.

 

For others, however, who were already experiencing problems in the sexual area before diagnosis, you may have had questions but were, perhaps, too embarrassed to ask the doctor about the subject.

 

Maybe you haven't been able to talk to your spouse or partner about it, either.

 

Bipolar medications are a major cause of sexual dysfunction.  Some medications can cause the inability to get an erection, sustain an erection, or cause the inability to reach a climax.

 

For some people, there is simply no interest in sex at all.  This could be due to medications as well.

 

However, what if it isn't the medication that is causing problems in the sexual area?

 

Another reason for sexual dysfunction could be the bipolar disorder itself.  Mood changes, especially bipolar depression, can cause the person with the disorder to completely lose interest in sex. 

 

This could further cause problems, because the person who does not have bipolar disorder may think it's their fault that their spouse or partner doesn't want to have sex with them.

 

Unless there is good communication between both people, sex can build a wall between them.  However, if they can talk about it, or see a therapist about it, sexual problems can be overcome.