(Closed) Birth Control and Low Libido

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, I’ve talked to my OBGYN about it and she said it’s the biggest complaint about being on the pill.  I stopped taking it for 2 months and my sex drive was back!  It was great!  But I’m back on to regulate my period for the wedding.  I’m pretty sure I’ll stop after we get married, I feel bad not wanting to do anything.  I honestly, don’t even think about it!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I actually have the same problem… I have tried so many different kinds of BC that it made me crazy!  I am currently on Yaz, which has had the least amount of side effects for me… the only side effect that I have is low libido.  My boyfriend is getting kind of resentful about it… but he also doesn’t want me to get knocked up!  If you figure out natural ways to stay on the pill and raise your libido… let me know!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would highly rec the book; “Taking Charge of your fertility” to you. You can find them used on Amazon for really cheap or locally at your barnes and noble, etc.

We’re using the Symto-Thermal method of Fertility Awareness Method, and there’s quite a few bee’s on here who have been using it “successfully” for years.  It’s really awesome, and I’ve learned so much about my body, and I’ve been learning about things I might freak out about that are actually normal. I can also now tell exactly WHEN I’m going to be crabby 🙂 On top of all that, It’s FREE, there’s no added hormones going into water streams or affecting the environment, no side effects like weight gain, loss of sex drive, etc… 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Yes, I have definitely noticed this!!! It’s so annoying! Unfortunately, since we’re in no position to even think about having a baby right now, i don’t really have any other options…Could you switch your pill? Sometimes I’ve heard that helps…

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Me. It totally affects my sex drive but I can’t go off it. It keeps my endometriosis at bay and there is no way I’m going to tempt fate by risking it coming back just for sex! My periods were always horrendous, too (um, i’d take VICODIN for 5 out of the 7 days just to function. We’re talking 1.5-2 boxes of tampons every month, too. Ridicuous, right? yeah). 

I’ve been on like, 4 different kinds but the one i’m on now (seasonal) makes me the most emotional (i avoid sappy movies) but also I don’t break through it like i did the other ones.

For me it’s sort of a necessary evil. AFter we have kids I’d like to go with a Mirena or copper IUD insert or something of that nature.

Anyways, I don’t even WANT sex until we’re halfway through fooling around. It takes awhile and there is no sponteneity about it, but honestly, i’m more willing if i’m relaxed (which means not on work and school nights) and if i’m in a romantic mood. A back massage usually makes me feel more lovey dovey amorous. Otherwise i’m in work/clean/make lunch/shower/study/life requirement mode, which isn’t sexy. It’s not the sex i necessarily crave, libido-wise, but the closeness that comes with it.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Trailmix – you do have other options, ones that are completely natural… unless like ejs4y8 you’re taking it for medical reasons there ARE alternatives that are rated just as protective as BC or even more so depending on the method. Seriously, I really do rec. that book, there ARE alternatives!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have noticed the same thing.I have been on almost every type of birth control and it only happens when I am on the pill. It definately stinks, but definately don’t want any more babies before the wedding:)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Have you looked into an IUD?  They don’t have any hormones, they last for 10 years (the non-hormonal one), and they’re a lot cheaper than pills!  Plus, once its in you don’t have to think about taking it.  Its a really good option for people who are bothered by hormonal birth control and much more effective than natural family planning (in that the user error is nill – no planning, no charting, just put it in once and you’re done).

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I thought I was defective for a long time because I didn’t know BC was the problem.  We are getting married in the spring and plan to start our family in the fall/winter so I am going to stay on this pill for now.  But once our family is complete, I think the IUD is the way to go.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes! I’ve tried EVERY type of hormonal BC … I will go on it for about 5 months and then slowly everything goes downhill, and not only does it kill my sex DRIVE but it changes the consistency of my hmm..umm… fluids? So even if I am in the mood, my body doesn’t respond the way it should, and makes intimacy painful.

ATM we are not using any form of BC outside of withdrawal, (when I went off nuva ring we were supposed to be using condoms, but you know how well THAT goes lol) he knows the deal, and while we’re not looking to make a baby, if it happens then it happens.

I honestly think my body is just trying to tell me that whacking out my hormones like that isn’t good for me, and with a high instance of breast cancer in my family I’m done adding to my risk factors.

My doctor tried to talk me into implanon, the implant- but I have NO interest in putting something under my skin that would have to be surgically removed if it didn’t work right- like all the other options. Same with an IUD- (I haven’t had kids) so I don’t qualify for morena (idk how to spell it.. sorry, the hormonal IUD)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The implant is actually becoming much more popular, as well as IUD’s. IUD’s got a really bad wrap for a while, but they have really improved the manufacturing and supplies used in them. I had a copper IUD (the one without the hormons) for about 2 years. My periods progressively became worse and worse and had to have it taken out. ithen got pregnant and have since been on progestone only pills, which are the same hormones as the Mirena.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had the same problem!  Prior to meeting my Fiance, I went off for almost 9 months and my sex drive came back w/ a vengance!!  Hahahaha but then when I went back on it, it was dead after a monht or 2.  Spoke to my OB/GYN and she said its one of the most common problems w/ BC.  She switched me to Necon (generic brand I think) – and it came back!!  And the bonus?  I only get my period for 1-2 days!!  Its another great side effect she said.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What about the Nuva Ring?  Have you tied that? I would also talk to your OB/GYN.  They can usually recommend something different.

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