Loss of libido sex drive is a common problem affecting up to one in five men — and even more women — at some point in their life. If you're concerned about your libido, especially if your diminished sex drive distresses you or affects your relationship, make an appointment to see your GP to discuss any underlying causes and possible medical or psychological treatments. In the meantime, you may find the following information useful. It explains some of the most common reasons for loss of libido. The first thing you should consider is whether you're happy in your relationship.
I was put on birth control the first time when I was 17 years old. My boyfriend and I had just started having sex, and wanting to avoid an accidental pregnancy, I went to my OB-GYN and asked her to put on me on the pill — which she did, no questions asked. At the time, I thought the pill was the greatest thing ever. All of a sudden, I could have all the sex I wanted without the incessant worry of getting pregnant before I was ready.
The birth-control pill is a wonderful invention, but like any medication, it is not without side effects. A new study, however, suggests that decreased sex drive is not one of them. Researchers at University of Kentucky and Indiana University wanted to get to the bottom of it, so for a new paper in The Journal of Sexual Medicine , they looked at how different birth-control methods impacted desire in heterosexual relationships of different lengths as well as the effect on long-term relationships. The more than study participants filled out a survey called the Sexual Desire Inventory, which assessed their libido on two levels — solitary and dyadic with their partner.
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