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Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Micronutrient Deficiency: A Common But Unrecognized Adverse Effect of Many Pharmaceuticals 

Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Micronutrient Deficiency: A Common But Unrecognized Adverse Effect of Many Pharmaceuticals
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Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Micronutrient Deficiency: A Common But Unrecognized Adverse Effect of Many Pharmaceuticals
Author(s):

Barbara Bartlik

, Janet Mindes

, and Sheila Sperber Haas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190225889.003.0008
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date: 21 April 2021

Diverse micronutrient deficiencies can impair sexual function. The many recognized factors that can result in depleted vitamins and minerals include suboptimal diet, aging, toxins, malabsorption, and depleted soil. This chapter focuses on the generally unrecognized depleting effects due to a large and diverse variety of common pharmaceutical medications. Nearly half of all Americans take prescription drugs, frequently more than one, and many of them fall within this category and are discussed here. This chapter provides a detailed summary of clinical experience and research evidence for the depletion of those micronutrients with the greatest negative impact on healthy sexual functioning, and for the drugs involved, and includes guidance on identifying and then resolving each of these deficiencies. The standard of care for patients with sexual dysfunction is psychotherapy or medication, both of which are often only minimally or partially effective. Yet identifying and correcting drug-induced micronutrient depletion often resolves sexual dysfunction.

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