Birth control is unique among medical interventions, not least of all because its name straight-up tells you what it does—it controls birth by preventing pregnancy. Beyond that, though, there are a lot of other things birth control can do. Some are great: Hormonal birth control can clear skin and make periods or endometriosis more manageable. Others, like its ability to cause weight changes or vaginal dryness, are less ideal. Preventing pregnancy is a common reason to get on birth control, but Dr. Many, many people use hormonal birth control to help with their period symptoms, like cramps or [premenstrual syndrome].
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Here's How Birth Control Really Impacts Your Sex Drive
The Contraceptive Implant and Your Sex Drive
The research into the relationship between birth control pills and sex drive has continuously produced different results. An analysis of the research studies conducted on this topic shows that most women reported no link between birth control pills and their sex drive. However, there are various ways in which the contraceptives can alter your bodily functions which can cause you to lose interest in sex. Many scientists consider testosterone to be a sex drive hormone. Estrogen, which is common in many birth control pills, has been linked to a reduction in testosterone levels in the body. This is because estrogen contributes to the increase in sex hormone-binding globulin. It traps some of the testosterone in the body.
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If you had asked me at any point in the past, I would have told you I had never experienced an adverse side effect from my birth control. On the contrary, I loved and appreciated it for giving me reproductive autonomy while improving my acne-prone skin and taking the guesswork out of dealing with Aunt Flo. My decision to quit the pill five months ago was about 65 percent a result of forgetting to go to the pharmacy and 35 percent curiosity to see if my body was capable of remembering how to menstruate on its own. But within weeks, that changed drastically: Almost like cranking up an ancient generator stored away in the basement, my lady parts began to hum and pulsate with a kind of energy I had never felt. The change was so noticeable that I wondered if there might be something wrong with me, until I began to read the abundant accounts of other women whose sex drives were temporarily extinguished by birth control.
Sex should be fun, but it can also be complicated. Welcome to Sexual Resolution , a biweekly column by sex therapist Vanessa Marin answering your most confidential questions to help you achieve a healthy, joyful sex life. Here, she answers a question about low libido while on birth control. It was a very obvious and noticeable change for me as soon as I started. I use the progesterone only, which my doctor said would be better, but it has still made a huge difference.