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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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On microgestin 1/20 & have no sex drive, cramps & moody. Should I increase or decrease birth control?

On microgestin 1/20 & have no sex drive, cramps & moody. Should I increase or decrease birth control?

See answer: Birth control pills can be associated with a variety of bothersome adverse effects unique to each individual. Microgestin has been associated with low sex drive, mood swings (depression, irritability, etc), and weight gain. Not recommended to make any dose adjustments on your own which could result in loss of effectiveness or more side effects. Best to consult your MD about this and other options. ...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

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Birth control=loss of sex drive. Is that a common side effect?

Birth control=loss of sex drive. Is that a common side effect?

Yes: Birth control pills inhibit your own natural hormones, so this is a possible side effect. See your provider for suggestions in dealing with this. ...Read more

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Prior to birth control I had higher sex drive. I am off bcp now and still lowered sex drive. help?

Prior to birth control I had higher sex drive. I am off bcp now and still lowered sex drive. help?

Sex drive & the pill: Yes, the oral contraceptive or Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) can reduce one's sex drive. However, it appears that your sex drive is NOT related to the pill. The most powerful sex organ one possess' is your brain. Ideation is much more powerful then hormones most times. Consider what other issues are ongoing that may be contributing to your lower sex drive. ...Read more

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Can birth control lower sex drive? I'm thinking about changing my birth control because of this. I have no sex drive.

Can birth control lower sex drive?  I'm thinking about changing my birth control because of this. I have no sex drive.

Yes: The answer is yes and there are several articles regarding this on web M.D. However, you also note other symptoms such as hopelessness and fatigue which are classic for depression. Please see your gynecologist and be screened for depression. If you do have depression the gynecologist can either treat you or send you to a psychiatrist. Psychotherapy should also be part of the treatment as well as many other modalities that the psycho therapist or psychiatrist could address with you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 24, on the birth control seasonal, and my sex drive is very low.I want desire sex. Is hersolution safe with my birth control?

I am 24, on the birth control seasonal, and my sex drive is very low.I want desire sex. Is hersolution safe with my birth control?

Yes: This concoction of substances is advertised as doing everything from increasing frequency and intensity of orgasm to increasing breast size and creating sexual drive. It should not interfere with birth control. Before you do this, however, you might want to have a conversation with a sex therapist and a gynecologist and make sure no pyschological or physical issues. ...Read more

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I'm 19, female, 5'8" and 175 pounds. I have no sex drive since i went on birth control for four months over 2 years ago. How do I get sex drive back?

I'm 19, female, 5'8" and 175 pounds. I have no sex drive since i went on birth control for four months over 2 years ago. How do I get sex drive back?

Not uncommon.: Great question. It will help many women. It is quite common to sense decreased libido on bcp's as they downregulate your ovaries, estrogen and other sex hormones.Don't worry. You can change your birth control with your ob/gyn; find a new form of non-hormonal birth control like the iud; enhance your libido with topical testosterone or enhance your own libido mentally, physically, spiritually. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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