Berga, who trains her medical students to begin with this inquiry. But don't throw out your pills just yet. At that point, "I thought it must have been something else that lowered my drive [the first time], like stress from my job, or being tired," she explains. Berga cautions against jumping to the alternate conclusion. Many studies have examined the effect of hormonal birth control on sex drive, but few have been conclusive, says Anne R. Davis advises against stopping your pills without considering all the potential causes for your diminishing desire.
Unfortunately, most doctors and many patients just don't have the time for an hourlong session in an age where office visits tend to hover around the to minute mark. Berga, MD, a James Robert McCord professor and chair of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, explains that in women, "there are so many different variables that play a role [in the function of sex drive], that it's difficult to independently isolate the impact of any one of them. Switching brands probably won't make much of a difference, she says. On the opposite side of the fence, a new relationship, a romantic evening, or even shedding a few pounds can all spark sexual desire. Davis advises against stopping your pills without considering all the potential causes for your diminishing desire. And I think it's good to create some awareness around it, because what if it's the pill, but then you blame the relationship? Mood and partner issues, she says, "are more important than a small change in your testosterone from the pill. If you're reading Dr. Libido Loss Scan the list of side effects that comes with your birth control pills — you know, the piece of paper that you toss in the trash every month. Our hormonal makeup is so complex that doctors have yet to completely understand it, while our emotions often color the way we feel about sex. Davis, "A lot of people that complain about loss of libido will say, 'Except when we're on vacation. From there, identify any circumstances — starting birth control, beginning a relationship, feeling depressed or fatigued — that might have coincided with the change in your libido. Could your birth control be preventing pregnancy in a way you hadn't planned? What to Do It could be the pill that's causing your libido loss, or it could be one of a million other factors. Berga, who trains her medical students to begin with this inquiry. The Emotion Explanation Dr. Davis, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who published a review of 40 years' worth of literature on contraceptive-libido studies. Identifying the point of change is the key to identifying its cause, says Dr. If, once you've considered all the potential factors, you think the problem might be your birth control pills, Dr. Berga advises trying a different contraceptive method temporarily. So if someone thinks that [their libido loss] might be pill-related, I think that they should try a different contraceptive method temporarily. That little insert will tell you that oral contraceptives can cause everything from weight gain and breast tenderness to nausea, dizziness and But don't throw out your pills just yet. And [the patient] will say, 40 years. Conversely, the pill can have a liberating effect on a woman's sexuality: So what should you do if you're just not in the mood anymore? On the other hand, Dr.
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