Medical Q&As

Reduced libido - pill responsible?

I am a healthy woman in my twenties, and I am in a long-term relationship. I am completely attracted to my partner and we are very happy together. However, I feel I have lost all sexual drive. I am taking the pill and I have been told that this might contribute to a reduction in drive. I wish to remain on the pill but am wondering if different brands have different effects?

There are many causes for reduced libido or sex drive and the oral contraceptive pill is one of them. However, most women taking the pill do not experience this effect and some women report that their sexual drive is actually enhanced because they have been freed of the worry of having an unwanted pregnancy. If your suspicions were correct it would be worth trying a different contraceptive pill. Changing to a pill containing a lower progestogen dose might help.