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The Pill and Lower Sex Drive

Has the Pill Decreased Your Sex Drive?

The Pill has done many things for women during its 50 year history. It can regulate periods, get rid of cramps, help our skin, and of course, prevent pregnancy on demand. But it also has side effects for some, including mood swings and a low libido.

A new and extensive study out of Germany offers proof that women who take hormonal contraceptives have a higher risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD), which often translates to a low sex drive. That's one way to decrease the risk of pregnancy. Other factors, including stress and the nature of the relationship, can lead to FSD, but now there is scientific evidence that birth control like the pill can kill a woman's libido.

Based on your experience with hormonal birth control, do these results seem obvious?

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laluna27 laluna27 7 years
I've been on the pill for 8 years and while it didn't in the first year or 2, it defiantly has now! It sucks!
weffie weffie 7 years
I was pretty young (and basically libido-free) when I started taking the pill so my drive has increased over the years... maybe it would have increased even more without birth control, but I already have a pretty healthy sexual appetite so I'd probably be a bit of a deviant if it wasn't suppressed ;)
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Lower it? No. Kill it? Yep. LoEstrin 24 was the one that did the most damage. I was on other pills before that one that slightly lowered my drive. I got off the Pill 2 years ago and haven't been the same since. I don't see myself going back on ever again.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Maybe.... It has been taking me a little longer to get there, but I get there. I wouldn't ditch my pills for anything. They make my skin AWESOME. Who cares if I haven't been to a porn site in like forever ? There's more important things in life like your beauty, your peace of mind, and the right to choose not to get your period every damn month if you don't feel like it! =)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no idea as i've been on it forever, but i doubt it...either that or i will become sex-crazed as soon as i'm off it
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Nope. My sex drive is the same.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I'd like to try an IUD but god that really, really scares me. :( I can't even use a tampon.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Yeah, actually pretty dramatically, and I was on four different kinds (regular and low hormones). I changed to an IUD (Mirena), and I almost feel like a new person.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 7 years
I have been on it for years, many different brands, and I am still horny as ever.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Yep. Switching pills next month (yay!) and hopefully my libido rises from the dead.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I have a sinking suspicion that it has! I am actually going off of it this month to see if the symptoms improve~
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
Nope thanks goodness.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes, among other collateral damage.
onion-waffle onion-waffle 7 years
Been on the pill 7 years straight since i was 18. I don't think ANYTHING could kill my drive, heh heh.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Somewhat. Its definitely lower than it would be if I wasn't taking the pill. But I'll take the pill over the nuvaring any day, that thing KILLED my sex drive.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Kinda, but sometimes I think it's all in my head. I'm sure the bouts of depression hasn't helped either (or maybe even worsened it). But hey, I'd take that over a baby, acne and an irregular period, ha. :P I am starting to look for alternatives though.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I have my ups and downs, I don't think I can really blame the pill.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I was on the pill for quite a while prior to losing my virginity, so I can't really compare to a sex life without hormonal BC. I have sex around 3x a week, though, so I think even with the pill my libido is okay, lol!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
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