May 4, 2018

Birth Control and Low Libido

Finding it hard to get in the mood? Your birth control may be to blame. Women take birth control for a number of reasons, including preventing unwanted pregnancy, as well as relieving heavy cycles and painful cramps. However, birth control can also decrease your libido.

Here’s why:

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are, in part, produced by the ovaries and are responsible for regulation of the menstrual cycle. Birth control takes advantage of this natural process by suppressing our ovaries, altering levels of our hormones in order to prevent pregnancy. While this is great, these hormones also play a role in sexual desire and satisfaction. Altering their levels can affect our sexual drive, cause vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

Forms of contraceptive that may be affecting your libido:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Rings
  • Progesterone implants
  • Progesterone IUDs

If you’re suffering from low libido as a result of taking birth control, here are a few ways to improve your sex drive:

  • Lower dose of birth control
  • Consider switching birth control pills
  • Switch to copper IUD, which has no hormones and will not affect sex drive
  • Continue with your current birth control and have your hormone levels balanced by Dr. Mia

Feel sexy again and get your love life back!

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mia today to discuss contraceptive options that do not compromise your sex life!