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View Poll Results: Did you notice a change in sex drive after stopping the pill?
Yes, my sex drive *decreased* after stopping the pill. 6 7.79%
No, my sex drive stayed the same. 12 15.58%
Yes, my sex drive increased within 1-3 months after stopping. 47 61.04%
Yes, my sex drive increased within 4-6 months after stopping. 7 9.09%
Yes, my sex drive increased within 6-12 months after stopping. 4 5.19%
Yes, my sex drive increased a year or more after stopping. 1 1.30%
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#31 of 37 Old 03-18-2007, 12:14 AM
 
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I have been wondering about that for a while. I have been on the pill for almost 10 years now. And for the past few years my sex drive has only gone downhill. Now I am supposed to start a new pack tomorrow. So I discussed it with DP and he says just go off it and we'll figure out something else...it's not like we do it all the time anyway So ok I'll stop taking it, but we're not really wanting to TTC just yet ( have been going back and forth on that: ) I don't know it just scares me to go off it and then get pregnant. Not that it would be the end of the world right now, it's just that I want us to want it when it happens, not it being an accident.

Anyway sorry for rambling

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I was on the pill for 18mos. years ago. Ortho tri cyclen. When I went off of it, within 3 weeks I felt like a new person! And I was extremely *excited* all the time,lol. Dh could definitely tell! Then I used FAM for over 4 years, and now I use the nuvaring, but thankfully my sex drive hasn't been affected in the least, it's gotten better since I'm not worried about getting pg. at the moment,lol.

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I have been wondering about that for a while. I have been on the pill for almost 10 years now. And for the past few years my sex drive has only gone downhill. Now I am supposed to start a new pack tomorrow. So I discussed it with DP and he says just go off it and we'll figure out something else...it's not like we do it all the time anyway So ok I'll stop taking it, but we're not really wanting to TTC just yet ( have been going back and forth on that: ) I don't know it just scares me to go off it and then get pregnant. Not that it would be the end of the world right now, it's just that I want us to want it when it happens, not it being an accident.

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memz, I know where you're coming from. I went off the pill a few months ago when we were most definitely *not* ready to get pregnant. But we got some condoms to tide us over until my cycle stabilized and I could use the methods in Taking Charge of Your Fertility to figure out when we could go without safely. I highly recommend that book!

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I accidentally voted for the wrong thing, because apparently I can't read. But the Pill did terrible things for my sex drive. It really works as a birth control, not just by what it does but by how it makes you feel! It's impossible to get pregnant if you don't ever feel like having sex...

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it made me dry as heck down there, which made sex painful even with lubes and stuff. Not what I'd call normal for a 22-23 year old! When I finally went off it for good, I felt *soooo* much better; not only did I *want* sex, it felt good again.

They should definitely mention that stuff when prescribing it, I think.

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memz, I know where you're coming from. I went off the pill a few months ago when we were most definitely *not* ready to get pregnant. But we got some condoms to tide us over until my cycle stabilized and I could use the methods in Taking Charge of Your Fertility to figure out when we could go without safely. I highly recommend that book!
Thanks for letting me know i'm not alone:
Today is my first day off the BC
We'll see how everything goes

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I went on the pill when DS was 6w because I had such a horrible labor I was so scared of getting pregnant. I went off when he was 8m and within 2 weeks have never felt better. I have WAY more sex drive, more energy, and overall just feel like a happier person.

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I hated being on the pill. It made me feel less feminine, to be honest. I didn't enjoy any part of sex. When I went off it, the switch was immediate. I won't take it again.
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