(Closed) How Did Birth Control Affect Your Sex Drive?

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
  • poll: How Did Birth Control Affect Your Sex Drive?

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  • Post # 17
    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Im glad I am not the only one! Fiance cannot wait to be married and me be off of the pill!

    Post # 18
    4494 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Doesn’t affect me either way.

    Post # 19
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I was on different pills/patches/rings for 6+ years and they all lessened my sex drive drastically. The only bc that has kept it normal & sometimes higher than normal is my current form the Paraguard copper IUD… 

    Post # 20
    1143 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I started on the BC pill when I was 16, but didn’t notice any difference after I stopped taking it at 18, nor when I got back on at 19. However, when my insurance stopped covering the type I was taking, I ended up switching pills around quite a bit before finding one closest to what I’d been on before, and since then my sex drive has significantly decreased.

    I have recently stopped taking BC, and my sex drive has returned a little bit, but not like it used to be. I’m hoping that over time it’ll come back or at least vamp up a bit, but until then it’s a waiting game (and frustrating)!

    Post # 21
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted for no effect, but I’ve tried two different pills with different effects. I was put on ortho tri-cyclen lo initially, which had no side effects at all besides better skin and better periods. I got sick of having my period every month so I tried seasonique, which made my sex drive go down, made my skin worse, and while it was nice to only have 4 periods a year, the cramps were debilitating.

    I switched back to otc-lo, but I really wish they would make a monophasic/extended cycle pill with a progestin other than levonorgesterel because that one did not agree with me.

    Post # 22
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It’s hard for me to say, because I first started taking birth control less than a month after I lost my virginity, and I definitely think losing your virginity makes your sex drive higher lol. So I don’t think birth control affected it. I’ve been on different versions of orthocept for four years, and it works great for me. 

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    @vermonster:  Try orthocept, it’s monophasic and not levonorgestrel, and you can ask for a prescription that allows you to get 4 packs every 3 months. It works great for me!

    Post # 23
    1680 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @HopefulSim:  I switched pills and I FINALLY have a normal libido! I voted “went up” Although, I’m not sure if it actually went up, or my other pill just had it so down that normal feels up!

    Post # 24
    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I started on Depo Provera before getting married and totally lost my libido. It also made me menstruate like crazy so I switched to Camrese (pill). Still had a lot of spotting and no libido. Switched to Cyclafem (pill). Period stabilized but still no libido. My ob/gyn said it could be a variety of things and he didn’t think it was the pills, so I continuing taking them. I asked my regular doctor and he said of course pills often kill sex drive. This especially sucks because DH and I waited for marriage. He also said he doesn’t recommend hormonal birth control at all due to a variety of problems they can cause, possibly even breast cancer. As soon as my next cycle started two days ago, I got off the pill and I can’t wait for these synthetic hormones to get out of my system.

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