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a lack in my sex drive since I started birth control?

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Ever since I started birth control pills two years ago, I have really noticed a lack in my sex drive! It has been pretty drastic. Now I always have to use lubrication and rarely feel turned on. My sex drive is a very important part of my relationship and I am very sexually attracted to my boyfriend and happy with him. I should not feel this way at 25 years old and in-love! Anyways I am interested in switching to the non-hormonal copper ICU. What kind of experience should I expect being than I have been on BC for 2 years? I am concerned about my skin, weight and long term cramping. I would really appreciate real patient advice.. not just what I can read of the ParaGard website.


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replied February 4th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A31167
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The lack of sex drive while being on hormonal birth control pills is commonly seen in women and can be attributed to the hormonal content of the pills. Before deciding on getting started on the IUD, you should consider discussing with your doctor/gynecologist about switching over to lower dose birth control pills to see if these can help. The side effects of the IUD can be experienced by few women early, but these can take longer to get started in others. Reduced or loss of sex drive in women can also be associated with anemia, hormonal derangements, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, medication use like antidepressants/anti-seizure drugs, pain during sex, inability to reach orgasm, diabetes, high blood pressure, neurological causes, alcohol use, too much of household chores & responsibilities, psychological causes, relationship issues, hyperprolactinemia etc. The exact cause for your symptoms can only be made out after careful evaluation. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation (including complete hormonal & blood work-up, ultrasound scan) to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms of loss of sex drive that you describe. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms.
Take care.



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