Birth Control Side Effects – These Methods Will Not Affect Your Sex Drive!
May 4, 2022
Your sex life may be affected by the birth control side effects of your chosen method! This can be a big deal – solving one problem while creating another!
Updated July 2023
In this post, let’s explore this situation and see which method of birth control does not affect sex drive.
Friends, the relationship between birth control and libido is complicated, to say the least!
Your birth control method is just one element.
But the way birth control affects libido is controversial!
Did you know some women feel birth control reduces their sex drive while others say: “No!” – it makes them feel even sexier!!
And another group of ladies say they feel no different from using that method.
To support the position of women in the second group, some studies show women have better sexual experiences. This may be desire or arousal on different types of birth control.
If you believe your birth control affects your sex drive, likely you are on a hormonal method.
Examples are combined and mini pills or combined patches, rings, implants, or even depot injections.
Firstly, these hormones may suppress your natural Testosterone (yes, even we ladies have little testosterone).
And this is relevant because testosterone is one of the essential hormones responsible for sexual desire.
So with low testosterone levels, your libido may be lower than without the birth control method.
Another factor is that the hormones in birth control methods – especially Oestrogen, may cause vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness causes soreness or irritation and painful sex; of course, you don’t feel like sex in that situation.
So these are a few reasons why those hormonal birth control methods may affect sex drive in some women.
So if you are in this category, what can you do?
First, before you blame your method – check out other lifestyle factors which affect libido more than birth control.
PLEASE go and watch this video to learn more. Because there are other things to consider.
Check you are not overworking or stressed from other issues like looking after family or work.
Are things ok in the relationship with your lover? And finally, HOW IS your diet?
High cholesterol from saturated fatty foods can LOWER your sex drive, so if this is you – ditch the junk food.
Chat with your doctor if you’ve gone through these lifestyle issues and if libido is still a problem.
They will check there is no medical or mental health cause.
Are there medical conditions that could explain your disinterest, like fatigue from Anaemia or an Underactive Thyroid?
Other birth control methods that do not contain hormones may be less likely to irritate your intimate parts. These may be good options to consider.
So a few options are available for birth control side effects involving libido problems.
However, let’s go over the key points again:
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
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