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Can birth control decrease sex drive?

Can birth control decrease sex drive?

Sure: Lots of medications effect sex drive. A large contributor to sex drive is hormone levels/fluctuations. Birth control pills are hormones and thus can effect sex drive. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Which birth control pills decrease sex drive, which ones increase it, and which ones don't affect it?

Which birth control pills decrease sex drive, which ones increase it, and which ones don't affect it?

Good question!: Oral contraceptive pills can decrease the circulating levels of testosterone in a woman's body--theoretically decreasing sex drive. Most women are not affected by this. The NuvaRing can also do the same, but to a lesser extent. Diaphragms, sponges, and iud's (intrauterine devices) would be much less likely to decrease sex drive. Talk to your doctor, sex drive is complicated. :-). ...Read more

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Does birth control (tricyclen lo) decrease sex drive? And does it make your breasts grow?

Does birth control (tricyclen lo) decrease sex drive? And does it make your breasts grow?

Neither: Most patients will have no such side effects from oral contraceptives. Watch your diet and talk to your partner and your physician about your sex drive and this medication ...Read more

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Can my birth control novynette affect my sex drive?

Can my birth control novynette affect my sex drive?

Yes: Combination pills such as Novynette can affect your sex drive. If this is a problem for you, you might consider switching to a pill with a different combination of hormones or a different method of contraception. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which method of birth control wont affect my sex drive?

Which method of birth control wont affect my sex drive?

IUD: Copper iud, Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud will have minimal impact on your sex drive. Condoms, spermicides have the same impact on your sex drive as iud but are less reliable in protecting against pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does birth control have effects on emotions and sex drive?

Does birth control have effects on emotions and sex drive?

Yes, can happen: I assume you are asking about the effects of oral contraceptives - aka "the pill." the active ingredients in oral contraceptives are hormones, specifically, synthetic forms of the "female" hormones, estrogen ; progesterone. Unfortunately, oral contraceptives can lower sex drive ; negatively affect mood. But there are various "pills" available, ; people respond differently to different ones. ...Read more

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After you start taking birth control will i get an increased sex drive?

After you start taking birth control will i get an increased sex drive?

Yes: I said yes because people are so relieved they will not become pregnant that they're both more relaxed and more excited to have fun. ...Read more

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Can I do anything to increase my sex drive? 20 y/o female, used to use birth control, used to have higher sex drive

Can I do anything to increase my sex drive? 20 y/o female, used to use birth control, used to have higher sex drive

Go back on bcp: some bcps have more androgenic effect than others. this may help with sex drive. ask your doc to help select one for you and restart the pill. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Libido (Definition)

Libido is more commonly thought of as sexual desire. Still more specific definitions described libido as the free creative, or psychic energy an individual has to put toward ...Read more