Anyone experienced loss of sex drive on their birth control?

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Hi, I’m new to this group and I had a question. Has anyone experienced loss of sex drive on their birth control? I’m considering going on the pill but I know in the past (years ago) that was a side effect. I haven’t been on the pill for about 6 years. I’ve been doing the pullout method w my boyfriend (4.5 years) but he doesn’t want to the pullout anymore. I’m nervous about going on any birth control bc I’m not a fan of putting chemicals into my body.

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  1. The first pills I tried lowered my sex drive, they changed then but I know it's not the same. I'm considering stopping them and go only with condoms but I'm a little scared to do so since in my country we don't have legal abortions. My grandma advised me to use the fertility awareness method since that worked pretty good for her for about three years (until my mom came along lol). So if you don't like hormones that could be a great option for you:)

  2. Thank you. That's great info.

  3. The symptothermal method Lindsy and I practice give you the first 5 days of your cycle as safe, as long as you ovulated during your previous cycle (which you would only *really* know if you were charting basal body temperature). Still, I used a very conservative rhythm method when I was first starting out and had even fewer days when we could have unprotected sex than I do now while using the symptothermal method. Using the method gives you confidence about what days you're really fertile or not fertile, and it's 99.6% effective when you practice it according to the rules 🙂

  4. Yep, there's even a method called CycleBeads which is for people with regular cycles between 26 and 32 days long. It's 95% effective and you only have to abstain or use protection for days 8-19 of your cycle (the first day of your cycle is when you begin your period). I practice the symptothermal method of birth control which is 99.6% effective (much more precise). It does involve charting basal body temperature to indicate that ovulation has happened and observations of cervical fluid to indicate when ovulation is approaching. Feel free to ask me questions! I also have experience with the FemCap which is a cervical cap, and I use it as back-up when I have very fertile cervical fluid (generally within 4-5 days of ovulation), but my primary method of birth control during other times is withdrawal (and I use Fertility Awareness to determine infertile days so that he can take a break from withdrawal).

  5. Not a problem, keep me updated. Feel free to message me anytime 🙂

  6. He's ok w that. I'm going to keep my appointment anyway bc I need my annual exam. Thank you for taking your time to talk to me Lindsy Hood. 🙂

  7. ok, sounds good…. Can you move your OB apt out like a month? If your boyfriend is ok with sex on your period, today you are safe, and tomorrow too.

  8. They are about 28 days long. I will have to chart it out.

  9. Statistically speaking, you are very likely to be safe even a full 7 days before the next period starts – many of us who actually do the charting thing have even more days, I've had as many as 14 safe days before my next period started. But I can understand your hesitation. I do not believe that charting is for everyone, but I do believe it is perfectly appropriate for all women to learn some about how the system works, to better understand the natural functioning of her body. 🙂

  10. Are your cycles about 4 weeks long? If so, you can consider yourself safe until day 5. Today would be a safe day if you started your period yesterday.

  11. That might be a good idea. Of course I got my period yesterday. Lol. Poor guy.

  12. Maybe try letting him finish inside you for one cycle – just at the very end, day or two before your period – see how comfortable you both are with that arrangement 🙂

  13. I am very regular. I guess in my head, I hadn't thought of it like a months worth of birth control that was not needed bc it doesn't have any hormones in it.

  14. Unless you are very irregular, I'd say that letting him finish inside you a day or two before you start you period is fine.
    I considered a copper IUD after my daughter was born. I personally decided not to go with it, I felt I didn't need an entire month's worth of Birth Control every cycle when I am only fertile for about 8 or 9 days

  15. He wants to not use the pullout method right when I'm getting my period and just finish inside me. I'm just afraid of taking that chance. We have been together for almost 5 years and he's been pulling out all of that time. He's actually been a trooper. I can't blame him for not wanting too anymore. I made an appointment for my OB on Friday to discuss my options. The copper IUD sounds like it could be a solution. I've read good and bad things about it but everybody is different.

  16. Also, maybe have your boyfriend consider condoms or vasalgel. It should not just be all up to you to avoid pregnancy… It is equally his responsibility, and if you don't want the chemicals in your body, there are plenty of other options.

  17. Well, a lot of women who use pill-out method learn fertility charting so the guy only has to pull out some of the time instead of every time. There is a FB group called Fertility Awareness Method of Birth Control if you want to check it out.

  18. No loss here! (Yet?) I'm only a month in though.

  19. I did. To the point it was useless to be on pills lol. We're using condoms currently and everything's back to normal. 🙂 don't be scared to try birth contol though. There's so many options you just have to find what's right for you!

  20. I am nulliparous and I have a Mirena. I love it and never have had any pregnancy scares!

  21. Maybe an IUD is the best option for me. I see they make a smaller one for women like me that have never been pregnant. That is something to consider.

  22. With FAM, you'd only have to use condoms a few days each month. Priscilla Sena and Lindsy Hood can tell you all about it.

  23. Zoely is the only birth control that is semi synthetic meaning the estrogen is like that which is found naturally in the body. So people report far less side effects

  24. It's overwhelming w all of the different names of birth control. I'm trying to take notes. Lol.

  25. I had loss of sex drive when I was on the pill before. I didn't realize it until I was off the pill and I enjoyed sex much more after getting off of the pill for that factor.

  26. Btw I used to take yaz and now I take Zoely

  27. I'm on the pill and was 4 years ago tbh I have no side effects just a bit of period cramps that's it. Don't google stuff people over hype shit online

  28. I'm nervous about having to insert anything like a diaphragm bc I'm afraid I may mess up and put it in wrong. I'm not opposed to it. Just nervous.

  29. What about considering nonhormonal methods such as Paragard, fertility awareness method, diaphragm, cervical cap, or condoms? If you don't want to take hormones then you don't have to.

  30. Levonorgestrel is super androgenic and sometimes women taking it even experience an increased sex drive.

  31. The copper IUD might be a good option for you, if you're concerned about that. It's long-term and is non-hormonal.

  32. Are there any birth control methods that don't decrease your sex drive? I'm just reading all of the older posts and it's a lot to take in. I've been away from the birth control world for a while and there are so many new things on the market now.

  33. I did when I was on the shot. I have the Mirena now, which is a hormonal IUD, and I haven't noticed any decrease at all.

  34. I am not on birth control at all right now. I haven't been for a while. Loss of sex drive and I never got over the nausea.

  35. The pill decreased mine significantly.

  36. Loss of sex drive happens to me with every pill except Generess FE, but it is so expensive, I had to opt for something else.

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