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Hi. I'm dropping in from the SAHM board and I had to share my experience with you regarding the BC pill Kariva/Mercette. My DR put me on this after I had my baby last year. I have been on several different pills over the years. He put me on this one because he said it had the lowest amount of estrogen or something and he was concerned that more estrogen would increase the size of the 3 golf-ball size fibroids I have in my uterus.
I went to see him after several months of being on those pills. I told him they had killed my sex drive, my periods were worse and the cramping and acne was worse. He said there was no way the pills could be contributing to that so I stayed on them for about 6 months more. My DH and I were starting to fight constantly because I NEVER wanted sex again (which was not like me at all) and my periods were lasting 2 -3weeks, my acne was constant and the cramps were terrible. Finally I thought I had to try something. I went off the pills even though my DH didn't want me to because we're done having kids. And guess what????
It ALL got better and so did my marriage subsequently. The lesson here is - DRs don't know everything!!!!!
Hope this helps someone!!!!!!
I know you weren't asking for any help or suggestions, but have you considered getting on a mini-pill (progesterone only pills) the side effects are greatly reduced from the SE of a combined pill, just thought you might want to consider it.
I actually signed up just to respond to your posting. I have to thank you. I just stopped taking Kariva because my husband and I are starting to try for a baby. Well, I was worried, because of my low sex drive. I never assumed it was Kariva doing that, I just thought it might be depression or something (but I have no reason to be depressed etc.).
Anyway, after the first two weeks off of Kariva, my sex drive is already restored. Thank you for your posting, it made me feel so much better to know that someone else had the same problem while on this pill.
I was on Kariva for about 9 months and I totally lost my sex drive. Before that I was on seasonique/seasonal and it was the same story. I've been married two years and I thought my sex drive just fell off the planet. We recently decided to start having kids so I stopped BC altogether. My sex drive is back!
I went on BC for migraine control. Been on a number of them since I was 15. I'm 24 now and I am still amazed at how I dont notice now the pills affect me. When on OrthoTriCyclenLo I was SUPER moody.. On others it was all different stories but I never knew until I went off of them.
If you are on Kariva, and your sex drive is gone--consider switching. :/
Another reason to READ the insert that comes with your prescriptions, don't just take your doctor's word for it. How can they remember each and every potential side effect of every single drug they prescribe? They can't. Read the prescription information yourself!
You are all very fortunate that your libido came back. Sometimes the damage to a woman's libido, caused by synthetic hormones, is permanent.