Great Birth Control from Zero interest in Sex
I saw a patient this week who loves her birth control method. Hardly any cramping, light periods, reassurance that she’s protected, which are all beneficial. There was one thing that wasn’t working and that was her libido. She was wondering if her method of preventing pregnancy was preventing her from having any interest in sex. Could it be? she wondered.
Though this is a normal side effect for some women, thankfully it’s less than 10% of those who use the pill or the NuvaRing. Often switching pills will help.
How it Happens
The pill or the ring prevent pregnancy by suppressing the ovary from making Estrogen and Progesterone, which causes ovulation. It can also have the unwanted side effect of decreasing a woman’s sex drive. Many of my patients don’t notice this for a few months, as they attribute the change to stress, lack of sleep or other interferences.
What to do?
Talk to your Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, PA, or Doctor about:
• Switching pills to a different formulation
• Switching from the pill to NuvaRing or vice-versa
• The IUD, like Mirena is a great option because it is safe and effective
Other side effects
Most women tolerate birth control pills and NuvaRing. Some have minor side effects that improve after 2-3 months of use.
If you’re experiencing an unwanted side effect, be sure to call your provider, it’s better to switch than to stop and risk an accidental pregnancy.