Post # 1
I’ve always been happy just using condoms, but have been thinking for a couple years now about bc pills…. The thing is I keep hearing about how it causes a low sex drive, and I already have a low sex drive that I’m trying to improve, and so I’m not sure what to do.
Would it be weird to start taking them, and then if it was affecting me negatively to come off them after one month, or is that pretty screwy for my body?
I am not yet sure what other options will be covered for me under the NHS, but I figured I’d look into the most common type to start with. I will be starting with a brand new doctor, and would like to be more self-informed before I go in for the first time.
Post # 3
@jenspadiva: I know they don’t affect everyone that way but they did for me. But it took way more than a month for it to set in. I even tried switching pills which works for some people but it didn’t work for me. It is an extremely frustrating thing to go through but you can make that clear to your doctor and they will probably meet with you to switch prescriptions if you need to.
Post # 4
@jenspadiva: OMG don’t do it. You may become a virgin again. lol. BC decreased my sex drive so bad. I would stick to condoms any day over BC.
Post # 5
Totally decreased my sex drive. BUT you should get your testosterone checked.
Post # 6
It took almost eight months for me to notice a decrease in drive after starting BC. But it hasn’t been lowered so much that it’s a problem; it just requires a little additional patience. In our personal experience only, condoms killed the desire to a much greater extent.
Post # 7
My sex drive decreased progressively but i didn’t notice until a year later and i was soooo not into sex. I came of bc and went back to condoms and within a month i was raring to go
Post # 8
Definitely talk to your doctor but you won’t actually know if you’re reacting adversely to the bc after only a month. It takes that long for it to get in your system and really most people I’ve heard about and myself included took longer than that to realize the bc wasn’t meshing with their system. I took 8 months to realize I had hit a low point (and by low point I mean my hyperactive sex drive evaporated). Your doctor will be able to guide you in the best direction. Also, keep in mind that while some of us were miserable on it, some people never have an issue.
Post # 9
Thanks for your thoughts, everyone!
Post # 10
birth control pills usually take three months to really kick in. So if u give it a go I would suggest trying to at least three months. plus there all sorts of different types of pills, some with lower amounts of hormones, some with no hormones, etc. talk to your gyno!
Post # 11
I’ve been on BC for about 6 years (really steady for 4 years) and have a “normal” sex drive. I have no idea what I’ll be like when I go off in maybe 5-ish years when we try to have a baby, but I LOVE being on the pill and wouldn’t go off it unless we were expressly trying to conceive. I second Claireos – you’ll never know until you try and give it a few months!