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Birth control and loss of sex drive

Has anyone experienced a decrease in sex drive due to your birth control? If so, what were you on and have you changed pills?

I thought that once I lost some weight I would feel better about myself and would want to have sex more, but it has not helped. I want to be more attracted to my husband, but the drive just isn't there on most days.

Tue. Jun 6, 8:36pm

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I am not on birth control and have zero sex drive. Weight gain or loss is not the cause, its the relationshiop in my case.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006, 8:39 PM

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ugh, that happened to me. perhaps you can try a lower-dose pill? that did it for me!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006, 8:52 PM

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That most definitely happened to me. Sex almost started feeling like a chore unless it was one of those days where the planets aligned, the moon was full and all the signs were positive. I actually got so drastic as to go with the IUD and my sex drive came roaring back within 2 months. I am a very happy and satisfied girl :-)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 12:19 AM

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Wow, thanks above poster. This gives me hope. I will look into that...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 9:03 AM

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Has anyone switched to a different pill and had side affects such as nausea, loss of energy and just feeling punk? The nurse told me to hang in there rather than going back on what I was taking. I feel bloated all the time and depressed. I hope it gets better soon. Any advice would be helpful.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 7:39 PM

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I take Seasonale and have a normal sex drive and a period 4 times a year (yeah, that's the best part!). I was on a different pill before that, but didn't like it for various reasons. When I hit my peak weight, my sex drive was pretty much nill. However, 30 pounds lighter my sex drive is back and higher, which is nice. I definitely suggest Seasonale--I've been on it since it's been FDA approved and love it.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 10:47 PM

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7:39 poster- I did have those symptoms and the doctors told me to hang in there... After 3 months I had had enough and forced them to switch my pill to a low estrogen dose- worked great! My headachs, nausea and tiredness went away immediatly. If you're already on low estrogen you can try a progenseritine (sp?) only pill (aka POP pill).

As for sex drive- I never noticed a decrease in intrest, but I do notice a huge increase the week before I get my period.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 10:08 AM

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I switched to Yasmin - expensive (no generic available), but so worth it. It's a different type of pill, since it only has progestin and no estrogen. Not sure about sex drive, but I found that I lubricate well and have less migraines since switching.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 10:45 AM

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10:08 poster

Thank you so much. I am experiencing all that...headaches, nausea, tiredness.
I will give it a little longer and then talk to my doctor about what you suggested.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 9:49 PM

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i'm on loestrin24 and i've been on it for two months after not being on any contraceptive for over two years. I've noticed a significant decrease in sex drive. i'm in the same realtionship i was in before i started taking an oral contraceptive and nothing has changed in my relationship that would be the cause of lowered sex drive. I am convinced that my sex drive has been lowered by my birth control. I'm 27 an never liked taking any type of pill or other form of contraceptive to regulate my body and this is proof that contraceptives that regualte my hormaones is not good for my body. I am normally ready at any time to have sex and now my poor boyfreind barelly gets it from me.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008, 7:58 PM

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