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Women Sexual Side effects?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Pain Medications
Hoping some ladies might be able to give me advice on this area...
I'm on a Fentenayl patch and Lyrica with Percocet for breakthrough pain. Ever since I started the Fentenyl and Lyrica I've noticed a big difference in my sex life. I don't have to big of a desire to have sex with my fiance anymore, which really seemed to coincide with me starting these new meds. Also, when we do have sex, I can never finish, which was never a problem previously.
Has anyone else experienced these side effects? I'd rather be feeling okay than be able to 'have the big one', but being a young lady with a loving fiance I'd like to have that part of my life back!!! :P


  • YES YES YES that is me. I have no desire at for sex, and when we do partake, having the big O is almost impossible. My husband is very understandable and we have bought toys and jellies. I have learned to just enjoy the closness we have together. He knows its the meds.
  • I don't use the patch, but I take Lyrica and I have zero sexual desire... I feel guilty for it, but I just don't have it. Whenever the mood strikes me, I take full advantage of it.... HOLD ON A SEC, ....">image..OK, as I was saying... (HAHA)
  • Thank you dmoon and terrie! I appreciate your candor (and your humor!) Glad to hear it's not just me, and that other people are experiencing the same side effects. I'm grateful that they have meds like this to help people in pain, but COME ON! It's like the one last pleasure - I mean geez, REALLY?! :O

    I do appreciate the suggestions though, and I suppose the answer is to practice, practice, practice...Now that's one of the better Rx I've been written in a while }:)

    Thanks ladies!!!!
  • Don't worry hun that only makes things worse, it's the meds and with time things will get better, just enjoy the closeness and forget about the big "O" for now, percocet can numb awhole lot of parts on our bodies if ya know what I mean!!!! LOL Just enjoy your time 2-gether!!!!!image
  • As if the pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, and stress weren't enough to really put a damper on the ol' passion patrol, let's make sure the meds we're all on kill off any remaining sexual drive that might be left!!! :P

    It is nice to be in a loving relationship, though, with a man who is thoughtful and such a good caretaker. It really does transcend having the ever elusive orgasm and really does make it just about being together.

    But let's be honest, is just a small 'O' too much to ask for!?!?! }:)

    Thanks for everyone being so up front about this subject - only on this forum can you post a question like this and really get a good honest response. I'm sharing the info with My Guy so he knows that it really and definitely IS the meds!

    Just a random follow up...Does anyone with an SCS or a pain pump know how that affects the bedroom? I'm looking at getting a pain pump implanted in the next month, and hope that will allow me to get off these meds and hopefully eradicate this problem. I'm a 23-year-old almost newlywed for christsake - I should only be out of bed for food, work, and maybe a housefire!!! }:)
  • :) hi! unfortunately your sex drive will have to be replaced by kissing and caressing and really just making your husband happy. i am sure his sex desire hasn't been affected so he still wants to rock and roll. whether fortunate or not you must roll with him, especially being a newlywed. i have found that the pleasure i give to my husband provides enough joy for me that i am more than happy to rock and roll with him. no "O" for over 10 years but i don't really mind. he does so many terrific things in my life that sex is the least i can do for him!!!!! i have even tried injections of male hormones to try and liven up my sex drive. no go! so, unless the chronic pain is removed or treated some other way, this looks like the way life is going to be. Jenny :)

  • HI,

    Its the same for men. One thing most men havent been told is that being on long term narcotics therapy depletes or screws up your ability to produce testosterone. Hence the lack of desire, or, and, E.D. problems. A lot of docs. dont know this, even my pain doc never heard of it. I did some research after being on narcotics for years and came(oops!) across this info. I requested my Family doc to set up blood work for Testosterone levels(Hypogonadism?). Came back very low. Now I go in once a month for Test. shots. Has made a big (oops)differnce in things!

  • Im so glad to hear that it's not just me. Since I have been taking Oxycodone I have found that the parts are all in working order if you know what I mean, but I just never finish. When I mentioned it to my PM doctor he acted surprised when I told him about it. So I figured it was just me. In the begining it bothered me, but now I know it's the meds and it's only temporary. It is good to hear that I am not alone though. Hang in there...
  • I dunno how the SCS impacts most people's sex life, but I have an SCS, plenty of desire, and absolutely no sex life, because my partner is afraid that sort of activity will cause my leads to migrate. Sometimes a girl just can't win! :W
  • I have the finish,just not the drive.My BF always has to get things going for me because in the beginning I have no desire to even get started.I feel selfish because I'm not initiating,but it's just not there.As a matter of fact,when he does get things going,I'm almost always surprised afterwards.I'll be like 'wow,and to think I wasn't even interested.'

    It may all sound like TMI--but I'm seriously concerned about my lack of desire and was wondering if it was the meds,my age,or something medical? My concern is just that I wish I were the one feeling the desire and initiating.. :??
  • It must be due to the longterm narcotic use or the fact that my husband lacks in the supportive, understanding category. I have no desire to even cuddle let alone go all the way. Even if I did get the desire, I don't do anything about it because it hurts my back and I don't ever get to finish so it's just a big disappointment and not even worth bothering with. My feelings might change if he tried a little harder to be more loving, caring, and understanding but that's a whole other issue that I don't need to get into on here.
  • I can certainly relate. After my EMG the Neurologist said he would give me a referral to Ortho and I told him I have numbness and no more desire. So I went to OrthoSurgeon and he just looked at me blankly and said I'm referring you to a pain management Dr. I said I have numbness and no feeling and he shuffled me out of the exam room. As long as you're able to pee and poop and have feeling on the inside of your thighs you're all right. I know there's no magic cure but I have a bit more feeling after my third epidural on Dec. 6.
    Janiel, I find that when I was in my late 20's and through 30's a stronger drive so maybe the best is yet to __ for you. Charry
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    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • If you think about it....how could there be a drug that would prevent a person from feeling pain but still allow this person to feel pleasure. In order to enjoy the O, I used to forgo the narcotics for several hours, maybe 8 (you'd have to experiment) or go fo it first thing in the morning. I think as time has passed, it would be hard to let the drugs out of my system long enough to enjoy a date with my husband. I still enjoy going through the motions but, hey, I'd be lying if I said knowing there was a big climax out there didn't enhance the experience. Susan
  • Testosterone cream? Call your pharmacist. It's a cream specifically made for us to use for this. You rub a pea size amount on your "c" (don't know if I'd be censored for using the word). It's really makes a difference and you can keep using your meds so you're not in pain.

    Have a good night!
  • an externer toy helps tremendously too...but the drive certainly goes down from the narcotics. I used to find the opposite it taking a "little", but now being on heavy duty, it henders the drive. :(
  • I was fine, always had a high desire, until my meds were increased from Oxycontin 20 to Oxycontin 30mg twice a day. Literally overnight the desire disappeared and my ability to finish, gone. I have been devastated, because the pain relief I get from "finishing" is really something I miss.

    Hubby has a low desire himself (long story, our entire marriage, and now that mine is lower/gone, it works out nicely for him, Grrrrrr) anyhoo...... I am looking forward to taking less meds after my SCS.

    My former neurosurgeon told me he had patients who once they had their SCS had settings that would put them in almost constant "o". I am praying for that!! lol In fact, during my 5 day trial, if I had the setting pretty high and then suddenly decreased it really really quickly, I would be on the edge........literally in ecstasy. I was usually in the car or in town, so I didn't see where I could take it (lol), but wow - hope I get that again! Hubby thought that was pretty funny and has plans to do that on purpose if the permanent offers the same sensation. lol

  • That's it...I'm putting in for a trial 'run' ;))
  • My former neurosurgeon told me he had patients who once they had their SCS had settings that would put them in almost constant "o". I am praying for that!! lol In fact, during my 5 day trial, if I had the setting pretty high and then suddenly decreased it really really quickly, I would be on the edge........literally in ecstasy. I was usually in the car or in town, so I didn't see where I could take it (lol), but wow - hope I get that again! Hubby thought that was pretty funny and has plans to do that on purpose if the permanent offers the same sensation. lol


    I had my permanent SCS implanted in May. I'm one of those lucky ones who have been in an "o." :)))

    My drive was down due to the drugs but now it's back up again. I hope you have the same results.

  • I hurt too bad for at least 4 or 5 months after surgery to even think about it!!

    My husband is fine with it - he does not expect anything until I feel better. He said I am worth the wait. I am lucky not to have to stress about this when I am just trying to heal!

    Intimacy includes many other things than sex - saying I love you, holding hands, kissing, back scratching, doing something special, etc. Sex can just wait!
  • Yes yes yes - it is so amazing. I am not in a constant "o", but when I want one, it is not difficult, and oh my gosh...........oh my gosh...........what can I say. I turn it up pretty high and........ pretty much anything we do is amplified a zillion fold. I am pretty sure now that I must have had nerves severed or "turned off" in that region because with this, everything feels different, enhanced, etc. Hubby is thrilled for me and is happy we have our new little buddy, as he calls it. lol

  • You're not the first... LOL



    Doctor Discovers the 'Orgasmatron'
    Physician Working with Pain Relief Device Stumbles Upon Delightful Side Effect

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 9, 2004 --

    While Dr. Stuart Meloy was working on a new device to treat chronic pain, he was surprised to discover it could also bring pleasure to his female patients.

    While Meloy, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Winston-Salem, was putting an electrode into the spine of a female patient with chronic back pain, the woman reported a decrease in her pain and a delightful, but very unexpected, side effect.

    "When we turned on the power in this case, she let out a moan and began hyperventilating," Meloy said on ABC News' Good Morning America. "Of course we cut the power and I looked around the drapes and asked her what was going on. Once she caught her breath, she said 'you're gonna have to teach my husband how to do that!' "

    Meloy soon realized he may have discovered a device that could help thousands of women who have trouble achieving orgasm.

    "The device is the use of a pre-existing device called a spinal cord stimulator," he said. "Instead of treating chronic pain with the stimulator, we're treating orgasmic dysfunction," Meloy said.

    In a surgical procedure done in his office, Meloy implants the electrodes from this device into the back of the patient, at the bottom part of the spinal cord. When the electrodes are stimulated with a remote control, the brain interprets the signal as an orgasm, he said. The device is about the size of a pacemaker and can be turned on and off with a handheld remote control.

    Meloy conducted a study of 11 women that he has submitted for publication to the Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

    "Six of them had never had an orgasm before," Meloy said. "Five of them had and then lost the ability. The results were promising in my mind. We were able to stimulate 91 percent of the women, 10 out of 11."

    A 48-year-old woman who participated in the study told Good Morning America she lost her ability to achieve orgasm when menopause hit. But she says the device, dubbed the orgasmatron, allowed her to experience extreme pleasure once again.

    "Once we found the controls, what caused the stimulation to be greater … more pleasurable, that's when I saw the results. I did have orgasm, and there were a couple of times that I had multiple orgasms because of the stimulator," said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

    She said it was difficult to part with the orgasmatron when the study ended.

    "When I gave it back, I came in the office and Dr. Meloy took the electrodes out of, you know, out of the back and it was like I was losing my best friend. It was very hard to give it back. It worked so well for me," she said.

    Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman, the co-director of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says women who have exhausted every other option for treating sexual dysfunction might look to the orgasmatron.

    "It is direct, sacral nerve restimulation, and the device is FDA-approved for bladder problems and pain," Berman said. "Dr. Meloy, anecdotally found in that, what we have found, and people that use the device, is they're recording enhanced sensation, sexual sensation."

    Laura Berman, a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, says the discovery of the orgasmatron and other medical tools aimed at helping women who can no longer achieve an orgasm encourage women to discuss their sexual issues more.

    "The most important thing is to bring it up and to address it and to know that there is help available," Berman said. "These devices are extremes for women when other options haven't worked. But … you can go to your doctor, you can get your hormone levels checked. You can even use a sexual aid or device from your local erotica shop."

    If approved for this use, the orgasmatron device and implantation could cost up to $17,000, but Meloy says he believes some women would be happy to pay that amount to have the orgasmatron permanently embedded in their lower backs. He says the device could be implanted on an outpatient basis.
  • So THAT'S why they call it a STIMULATOR. I want mine!!!!!
  • I'm a 47 year old male , I have been on pain meds for back pain for years. I take t3s and Oxycontin , 6 t3s and 160 mg of Oxycontin each day.I guess it's no wonder I don't have any sex drive or interests . WOW I now now why after reading this post.
  • Women’s who are having problem with their sexuality, like Sexual Dysfunction can take Lovegra. A single dose of Lovegra is enough to make your sex life better. Lovegra improves the sexual profieciency in women and helps them in achieving Orgasm easily. Lovegra has Sildenafil Citrate as active ingredient , which is same ingredient which Viagra has. Sildenafil improves the functioning of the female reproductive system by increasing the sensitivity of the region.

    Lovegra is recommended for the women who are having who are suffering from Sexual dysfunction. Lovegra rejuvenate the sexual desire in women, Lovegra increases the blood supply in female reproductive system, and hence it increases the sensitivity of the Vaginal region.

    Orgasm problems are being resolved with the use of the Lovegra pills. The women who fail to achieve the orgasm can take the Lovegra pill and attain the orgasm pretty easily. The effect of the Lovegra can be enjoyed for about 4 to 6 hours that is enough for any women to achieve multiple orgasms during the love-making session. Young as well old women can use this medication to enhance the sexual pleasures. But, Old women are advised to consult the doctor before using the Lovegra tablets. They scintillate the sex life of the women and they start enjoy every moment more passionately.
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