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The pill can kill your sex drive

  • 15 sep 2016 | by: Lady-Comp UK

Many studies link diminished sex drive with the use of hormonal birth control

Approximately thirty percent of all women in the United States suffer from a diminished sex drive, and many studies link this to the use of hormonal birth control.

A woman’s libido is largely driven by the testosterone produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. 

Serum hormone binding globulin (SHBG)

When testosterone is released into the bloodstream, it either remains free or binds with a protein known as serum hormone binding globulin (SHBG). The testosterone that binds with SHBG becomes inactive, and therefore does nothing to increase libido. 

When you consider the fact that hormonal birth control raises the level of SHBG in your blood, the link becomes clear.

There are a few things you can try

If you are experiencing a decreased libido and believe it may be caused by your hormonal birth control, there are a few things you can try.

  • Try to determine if there are any other changes in your life that may be causing this issue. The possibility always exists that the issue is an emotional one which can be worked on.
  • Talk to your doctor about any medical factors that might be impacting your sex drive. There are some prescription medications, such as antidepressants and hypertension drugs, have been known to lower libido.
  • Stop taking hormonal birth control and try natural family planning methods such as Lady-Comp.