The sexual arousal disorder in our study population was linked to both interferon-induced depressive symptoms and serum free testosterone decline (confirming the results of studies that did not find a significant correlation between total testosterone and symptoms of hypogonadism (Christ-Crain et al. 2004b)). However, we found no direct link between sex hormone changes and depression. This implies that both factors (interferon-induced depression and functional androgen deficiency) may independently affect the extent of male sexual dysfunction in patients with chronic hepatitis C and therapy with interferon alfa-2b. It is important to note that we do not postulate a causative relationship for each single factor (depression, androgen deficiency) – in contrast we propose that both may be permissive with respect to symptoms of sexual dysfunction.
So many variables to consider and may not be just related to HCV and trt. Since this is your first post and don't give any info in your profile, did you test positive for HCV and are you currently treating?
i started zoloft 2 months before tx...that was it for me...lost sex drive....i was so sick on tx that sex was something i didn't think of much....but now off tx for 3 months and almost off zoloft ...25 mil per day...i'm doing fine
Hey flcyclist :)
Yup I tested positive back on August 2011 and started the treatment on October 2011 (interferon and the daily pills that go along with it: Copegus 600mg)
Thanks working dog! Ok then let's hope it will all pass once the treatment is over.
Thanks for the article! Very informative.