Getting sex drive back after birth control?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
160 posts
Blushing bee

OMG. I’m glad you brought this up. It took about six months for it to FULLY come back. Once I was off, it returned slightly and I was hornier than normal, but after six months I was like a teenage girl all over again. I’m kinda still in that phase. I wanted to have sex more, but I began to have “crushes” and just started to find men in general attractive again. I masturbate way more, I daydream about sex all the time. So hopefully the whole other men thing goes away but it’s like my body is going through puberty again and I’m “boy crazy” or something. Thankfully I recognize that it’s just my body readjusting to feeling…human again.

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

About 3 months for me!

Post # 5
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

About 5 days heh

ETA: though I just switched from regular BC to Mirena. 

Post # 6
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I can’t remember how long it took, but it made a HUGE difference.  It’s like being a teenager again. 

@LadyLuna711:  Agreed on the finding men attractive again.  It’s really weird.  We’re all just animals reacting to smells and hormones, I guess.  I wonder if it men notice find fertile women more attractive, too . . .

Post # 7
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Thank GOD I found this thread…I am SO glad to hear I’m not the only one who is about 6 months is and JUST feeling like my sex drive is returning.  It’s so discouraging…but what IS encouraging is that people are starting to see changes…even at around 6 months.

I was on BC for years.  From age 16-28.  I decided to switch to a copper IUD.  It has taken 6 months for my body to fully adjust to the IUD, but my sex drive just DIED.

Thank you, ladies for the encouragement!

Post # 9
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@roweboat:  I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one this happened to! It took me a good 4 to 5 months to feel back to normal after getting off of monofeme, and I honestly didn’t have a clue what was going on. Frustrated with myself for ‘not caring’ about sex, constantly feeling guilty about the situation, and then going through a period of doubting how attracted I was to Fiance. Ridiculous over-analysis of everything that was going on. Now I can take a deep breath and fully understand that it was all down to my bloody hormones!

PP’s are right, for the last 3 weeks we have been nothing but rabbits..



Post # 11
75 posts
Worker bee

Once I got off the pill, and switched to the Mirena I couldn’t believe how much it changed. I thought we were doing fairly well from 3-4 times a week, now we average close 7-9 times. 

Post # 12
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It took awhile for me, I’d say about 4 or so months for me to get back to my normal sex drive. Which was really nice, because when I was on the nuvaring I wanted to have sex mentally, but my body always felt so “blah”. I hated it and my Fiance hated it as well and he knew something was wrong when I went from wanting sex at least twice a day to once or twice a week.

Post # 12
1 posts

roweboat:  I just got off hormonal birth control for the first time in 10 years. I have had a paragard for a month and a half and the last week I noticed my sex drive starting to come back. I am not back to normal, but way better than before. I also take antidepressants because I am manic depressive and figured it wouldn’t be noticeable, but it is! It will come back in due time! 

Post # 13
17 posts
  • Wedding: February 2017

This is a good conversation because I’m just noticing that mine is returning. I stopped taking it in March of this year, in preparation for (hopefully!) getting pregnant next year. It’s now November, and I’m just noticing things getting back to normal.

That being said, I have been on the pill since I was 12, so maybe it depends on how long you’ve been taking it, to truly know how long it will take.

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