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

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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. :-).

In brief: 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. :-).
Dr. David Finke
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Also norethindrone, or Micronor, shouldn't cause the same increase in SHBG like the combination pills do.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: OCPs decrease libido

Combination oral contraceptives increase sex hormone binding globulin(shbg) in your blood.
The increased shbg binds testosterone which can lower the libido. This can be overcome by taking a testosterone supplement intended for women. There are several testosterone supplements currently available, including less expensive generics.

In brief: OCPs decrease libido

Combination oral contraceptives increase sex hormone binding globulin(shbg) in your blood.
The increased shbg binds testosterone which can lower the libido. This can be overcome by taking a testosterone supplement intended for women. There are several testosterone supplements currently available, including less expensive generics.
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