Conversations about depression—a mood disorder that affects more than 17 million Americans age 18 and older—and other mental health issues have long been stigmatized. But they’re not the only issues that get swept under the rug. Open dialogue about sex is taboo, as well.

As attitudes around these topics mellow, however, the discourse about the intersection between mental health, depression and sex has increased. That’s a good thing.

What is depression?

Everyone feels sad sometimes, but depression is more than just your garden-variety blues. When feelings of intense sadness persist for an extended period of time or impact one’s ability to participate in life, depression—also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression—may be at play.

This mood disorder can manifest in many emotional, mental and