Post # 1
So I’ve been using the Nuva Ring as my BC of choice for about a year. For the last few months DH has admitted to worrying about my sex drive. I used to be the one to jump him at the door. Now I’m just not really feeling it and it seems like it takes me awhile to really, ahem, get going.
We discussed last night that it might be my birth control (I brought it up) Before I was using Loestrin, but I got really tired of having to remember to take the damn thing every day.
I love the Nuva Ring, but if that’s the reason I don’t really want to get it on anymore then I have to stop. In fact, I’m considering stopping after this ring and going without any hormonal BC for awhile.
Any other laides have this problem? Did it go away after you switched or stopped BC?
Post # 3
I’m having this problem right now – I’m on loloestrin or something like that, it’s a new BC that is the lowest amount of hormones on the market. I called my Dr. on Thurs and asked to switch to something else. I used to use the NuvaRing, I don’t remember having this problem, but I think my hooha was allergic to it or something lol I think I could only use it for a month before I had to switch. Trying to remember to take a pill every day sucks and is hard, but it’s not the worst thing in the world. I’d much rather do that than have to remember to feed, change and stop a crying baby 20x a day 🙂
Post # 4
@futuremrsk18: You have a valid point! I’ve been on BC for 8 years now. I started it to regulate my period and then I met DH. I’m wondering how my body would react to going off of it after this long.
Post # 5
I loved the convenience of the Nuvaring, but had the same problems with low sex drive. I recently switched to pills to see if they would make any difference. Went on Kariva for a month and nothing changed. Switched insurance and had a week of no BC and just started Microgestin earlier this week.
During the week of no BC, I actually felt in the mood…once. So far I’m not having much luck.
Post # 6
I’ve had the same issue with the NuvaRing and a low sex drive. I’m going to be switching to another form of BC when I next see my doctor.
Post # 7
I was on Yaz for years, and had no sex drive. Switched to NuvaRing, same thing. I finally got the nonhormonal IUD, and I had a sex drive for a little while, but it’s started dwindling. I’m starting to wonder whether it’s the birth control, or whether it’s the fact that I expect to have as high of a sex drive as I did when I was a teenager (which is right before I started birth control). Maybe what I’m expecting my sex drive to be is unrealistic now.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I was on yhr NuvaRing for years and I definitely thought it killed my sex drive.
Till I went off it, and nothing changed. Sigh.
Post # 9
Drugs do insane things to you.
The drugs that completely eliminated my sex drive (and ability to orgasm) were anti-depressants, but ultimately, it really requires switching medication, or eliminating it. It’s a pro/con situation. for me, having a sex drive for both me and my SO was enough to muster up the courage to stop taking the drug that was taking sex out of my life.
Post # 10
@LedeLady: My sex drive goes WAY down on the NuvaRing, and I had a REALLY hard time getting “ready” for sex. We just used more lube (since I’m way too forgetfull for pills).
I was on it from 2009 until April 2013, when I went off to TTC!
Post # 11
@LedeLady: Oh, I’ve been on and off of it since I was 16 – also to regulate my period. This last time I got off of it, I found out that I needed my period regulated bc I have PCOS. I found out bc I didn’t get my period for 5 months and so I went to a new gyno (I moved, had to find a new one) and he told me I have it, then I went to an endocrinologist to confirm. I just want to let you know that if you needed it regulate because you were incredibly irregular beforehand, it’s something to consider. If you were still fairly regular beforehand, then your body will probably just stay regular after you get off – and any sort of side effects you might have had because of it will disappear (mood swings? lack of sex drive? less breakouts? weight gain? etc.. whatever might be associated with the particular BC you’re on).
Post # 12
I finally went off birth control at 22 and sure enough my sex drive went through the roof, where before we might have sex once every 3-6 months I’d go off and see what happens.
Post # 13
Try an IUD.
Kinda hurt when they insert it (think bad AF cramps for 30 sec) (ask them to numb your cervix with lydocaine and take some tylenol), but then you dont have to think about it for 5 years.
Post # 14
I’m on NuvaRing and I’m dealing with the same issue! Definitely going to talk to my doctor about figuring something out.
Post # 15
@futuremrsk18: Now you’ve got me wondering. Right before I met DH I went off the pill for three months and didn’t get my period for that entire time. I think I need to make an appointment …
@KoiKove: I’ve never really considered an IUD. I’m not sure why, but they kind of make me nervous. We’ll probably start TTC in about 2 years (maybe less) would it even be worth the trouble to get one for that amount of time?
@FutureSLS: Sorry you’re dealing with this too! It’s so frustrating! Hope your doctor helps you figure it out.
Post # 16
@futuremrsk18: im also taking lo loestrin and have zero sex drive. im hesitant to switch bc ive had issues with spotting etc in the past, but this is getting ridiculous. im like an old lady at 27 🙁