Going off birth control... helpful??

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Registered: 06-13-2006
Going off birth control... helpful??
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Sat, 02-10-2007 - 3:59pm
I was just wondering who has had their sex drive increase after going off hormonal birth control. Like a lot of women on here, I'm a healthy, 23 year old with an incredibly low sex drive. I WANT to want sex... and when I have it, it is usually pretty great (except lately)... but this has been a problem for the entire year I've been with my bf. He's been incredibly patient, but it's starting to get worse. Not only do I not have desire, but when we do have sex, it is not very enjoyable anymore (it seriously used to be awesome). We are fighting about it more, and it is truly starting to ruin what has been a pretty great relationship. I know I am going to lose him soon if this doesn't change, and I'm not sure I blame him. I'm almost as frustrated as he is, so I am going to try stopping the pill. It's basically the only thing I haven't tried (except those supplements that claim to increase sex drive... I think I'll skip those). Anyway, since I'm trying it, I am curious how many people have had success with this method. Please give some input!! Thanks :-)
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Registered: 12-27-2006
Sat, 02-10-2007 - 10:47pm

Hi Marla
I was on the pill and had little to no libido until a couple of months after I stopped taking them, and the side effects disappeared. Then my libido shot through the roof and has been high ever since.

Good Luck to you.

Forever Optimistic

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Thu, 02-15-2007 - 9:32am
Forget those "supplements" as they don't work. Check with your doc and be up front. You can change the bc pill your on which may help you.
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Registered: 11-08-2003
Thu, 02-15-2007 - 1:09pm

You also many want to consider a few other things:

--The ring or patch. These two forms of transdermal hormonal birth control don't bind sex hormones like oral contraceptives do (therefore no sexual side effects), and are just as effective.

--Pharmaceudical grade fish oil. This helps with a lot of things, but is known specifically to help with dopamine regulation and production, which can increase sex drive. It is not a magic pill by any means, but it has helped many women on another board increase their drive, and is undergoing several studies right now.

--If you drink soda or coffee, cut out/down on caffiene, and get enough water, sleep, and excersize. These things all help with stress, and lack of any of them can inhibit sex drive.

--Make sure you check other meds for sexual side effects, too, if you're taking them. Antihisthamines, anti-depressants, etc.

Good luck, and let us know how things go!

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Fri, 02-16-2007 - 8:51am

Hi Marla,



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Registered: 06-13-2006
Sat, 02-17-2007 - 11:37pm
I have a pretty good insurance plan. I'm not 100% about that particular procedure, but I'm planning on talking to my doctor about it anyway. I've already gone off the pill because, quite frankly, I am trying to save my relationship! I can't "afford" to wait. It may not work, but at least I'm making the attempt. What a frustrating situation... something that should make sex easier may actually be making it more difficult! :-p
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Sun, 02-18-2007 - 12:18am

Hi Marla,


probably a good idea. Just make sure you have a coupla good barrier methods of bc during fertile time.



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