Bipolar disorder causes a person to experience intense shifts in moods, sometimes from a manic state to a depressed state, for example. These shifts can occur with changes in sexual desire, confidence, or sexual function. Two distinct moods can characterize bipolar disorder: mania and depression. There has not been a great deal of research into the connection between bipolar disorder and sex. However, authors of a small study in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders report a high prevalence of sexual distress and dissatisfaction among female participants with the condition.
Bipolar Disorder and Sexual Health
Bipolar and Sexual Health: How Does It Affect Me?
Jennifer Downey, Richard C. Sexual behavior over the past year of 32 outpatients with Bipolar disorder is compared to that of 44 Comparison patients that had never had an episode of affective illness. Subjects were outpatients treated with drugs and psychotherapy in routine office practice. Differences in sexual behavior between the two groups as a whole were minimal, but meaningful differences emerged when subgroups were compared. Compared to control men, Bipolar men had had more partners in the last year and were more likely to have had sex without condoms.
The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Sex
Information on the association between bipolar disorder BD , sexual satisfaction, sexual function, sexual distress and quality of life QoL is sparse. This study aims, in women with BD, to i investigate sexual dysfunction, sexual distress, general sexual satisfaction and QoL; ii explore whether sexual distress was related to affective symptoms and iii investigate whether QoL was associated with sexual distress. In total, 61 women age range 19—63, mean
Sex is an important part of most of our lives and no less so for people living with bipolar disorder. But maintaining a healthy sexual relationship when bipolar can be as complex as the disease itself. Depending on the individual, behaviors can swing from periods of excessive sexuality to ones where sexual libido and function are seriously diminished. This high level of variability can impact a person's ability to date or maintain a long-term relationship. On the one hand, the impulsivity associated with bipolar mania can fuel unhealthy and even hurtful behaviors, while the rigors of depression can strain even the most committed relationships.