Antidepressants are an effective way to manage mental health issues such as clinical depression, panic attacks and anxiety. The prescribed pills, which vary by dosage and need, are especially useful when taken in tandem with regular therapy appointments or proven stress-relief practices. However, despite being largely beneficial, antidepressants also have several side effects.

One of the most common side effects is a decrease in libido. While there’s no one-size-fits-all reason why this may occur—or a single perfect solution—it’s normal, regardless of your gender, partner or sexual preferences.

The many effects of serotonin

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most widely used class of antidepressants. SSRIs, such as escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft