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Can contraceptives lower libido?

Cyrus, an Uber driver from Nairobi, is among the many men who share a concern that contraceptives have affected sex and intimacy with their partners. He and many others insist that their partner’s sex drive has reduced since starting using the contraceptive pills.

So, do contraceptives affect sex drive or lower libido?

First, all medications have side effects that manifest differently in different people.

Family planning methods, such as hormonal contraceptives, can sometimes affect libido. This, however, varies from person to person. These contraceptives work by changing hormone levels to prevent pregnancy. While they are highly effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies, some individuals may experience changes in libido as a side effect. This could mean an increase or decrease in libido.

The hormonal changes caused by contraceptives can affect libido in different ways. In some cases, the decrease in testosterone levels, which plays a key role in sexual desire, can lead to a reduction in libido. Additionally, psychological factors such as mood changes, depression, or anxiety due to contraceptive use, may also influence sexual desire.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone experiences a change in libido while using contraceptives. Many individuals continue to have a usual and satisfying sex life while using contraceptives. If you are having a problem using hormonal contraceptives, talk to your healthcare provider about alternative contraceptive methods. This includes using barrier methods like condoms or copper intrauterine devices (IUDs).

In conclusion, if someone experiences a decline in libido while using contraceptives, it is advisable to discuss their concerns with a healthcare provider to explore alternative options to address these issues and maintain a healthy sex life.

Over to you, have you experienced a change in your sex drive while on contraception?

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