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November 7th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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I am back on the pill after being off for about 2 years (long story short, DH and I had been using condoms just fine...but DH has lost about 45 pounds and I don't know if it's his weight loss or my lack of weight loss, but we kept having the condom slip off sometime during sex, so we decided me getting back on the pill would be the more reliable form of BC for us for now). I have had a drastic decrease in sex drive because of being back on the pill. DH isn't happy with it cause he's always ready to go and I'm not.

How can I increase my sex drive without going off the pill or switching to a different pill? Are there any natural ways (aside from diet and exercise, which upon a google search seem to be the top natural ways) to help increase my drive? I know I pulled the last straw with the hubby last night because he is barely text messaging me today from work (we always text message during his Sunday shift because it breaks up the boredom for him). I Really want to be there for him...but it's hard right now because the pill makes me tired, sometimes grumpy, and like I said, has killed my drive.

Any help/suggestions are welcome!
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November 7th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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Unfortunatly I don't think there is a ton you can do. Hormones can mess with your body and it's hard to combat them sometimes.

I was on the bc pill for years and it destroyed my sex drive for the entire time I was on it! It caused a lot of tension in my relationship... and at the time I had no idea that it was the pill causing me to not want to have sex.
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November 7th, 2010, 08:41 PM
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Unfortunately, that's just one of the side effects and there's not much you can do about it with the synthetic hormones in your system.
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November 8th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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I just recently got off the pill for that exact reason. It's just that when you are on the pill, you do not have that normal fluctuation of hormones, and it's like you are on a flat, stagnant plane of hormones the entire time. The low dose triphasic pill was very ideal for me, because it allows you to gradually step up in hormones throughout the month. At the beginning of the month, I was always ready to get Randy. But unfortunately it also caused breakthrough bleeding in me, because it did not have a high enough dose of progestorone to keep my lining intact. I had been on the pill for 5 years total, but the last 3 months I have been on the high dose hormones that my gyno had prescribed have not been pleasant. And like Urchin said, it was causing a lot of tension in our marriage, and that's the last thing I want. I had also searched for natural ways to increase sex drive, but was not really able to find any. I did read that Vitamin B12 supplements are good at boosting mood for women who get depressed and irratible on the pill. Might be worth a try.
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