There are two types of hormonal birth control pills. One type contains a combination of estrogen and progestin, and one contains progestin only. Both introduce synthetic hormones into your body in order to stop you from releasing an egg, make your uterus an inhospitable environment for a fertilized egg, and thicken your cervical mucus in an attempt to prevent sperm from reaching your uterus.
Hormonal birth control can cause a variety of side effects. However, there is one side effect, perhaps the most insidious, that you will likely not see mentioned in the pharmaceutical notes that come with your prescription, and that is loss of libido. You see, hormonal birth control also works to lower your testosterone levels by increasing your sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Any testosterone in your body that binds to SHBG isn’t free to be used by your cells. Without hormonal birth control, women typically have only about 10 percent of the testosterone that is found in men. However, that 10 percent is key to your libido. Testosterone is responsible for bringing on sexual fantasies and desires, stimulating your vaginal glands to provide lubrication when you are aroused, and maintaining the erectile tissue of your clitoris.
Thankfully, you can empower yourself and take back your sexual pleasure by switching to a non-hormonal form of birth control such as Lady-Comp. Lady-Comp is an intelligent fertility monitor that learns and analyzes your cycle, predicting your ovulation with 99.3% accuracy. Lady-Comp allows you to know with certainty what days you are likely to conceive. If you are in a trusting, monogamous relationship but are not trying to conceive at this time, the information provided by Lady-Comp lets you know when it is safe to have sex without condoms for the maximum pleasure of both partners.
Let us know how stopping hormonal birth control has changed your sex life!