The Pill May Cost You Free Love

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January 4, 2006

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Sometimes you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. Take for example a recent story originally from the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) then related with additional facts by Steven Swinford of the Sunday Times in the UK.

It explains how of the estimated 100 million women around the globe that take birth control pills many suffer loss or reduction of libido, compromised or non-existent orgasms and pain during intercourse. It almost would seem that for some users it would make sense to stop taking the pill if they want to regain the pleasure in their lives.

In the past, it was believed that once one ceased taking oral contraceptives, ill-effects ended, renewed desire and normal function returned with a month. However, a new seven-year study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine released by Dr Claudia Panzer, an endocrinologist in Denver, Colorado states that even an entire year later a woman's system may be effected by having previously taken the pill.

Women's libidos like those of men are greatly affected by the hormone testosterone. Taking oral contraceptive pills produces sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which stops testosterone from circulating in the body and reducing the sex drive in some patients. The pill creates a fourfold increase in SHBG. However, even an entire year after stopping the pill, women still have twice as much as normal.

Other experts point out many lifestyle factors affect sex drive including eating habits, family responsibilities, tendency towards depression, etc. Nevertheless, the pill is perhaps a more avoidable risk factor to consider. Other forms of birth control may seem an inconvenient but they may do far less to cramp a couple's style in the long run. An awkward moment or two fumbling with a wrapper versus over a year of decreased desire may be the difference between no procreation while still enjoying recreation.

Posted by Will Peters at January 4, 2006 1:54 AM

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