Researchers Confirm Additional Side Effects Of Contraceptive Pill

Most women are warned about the numerous side effects that come with the contraceptive pill. But did you know that the pill can impact how much you are having sex?

If you are taking the pill, then here’s what you need to know.

Researchers Confirm Additional Side Effects Of Contraceptive Pill

The Contraceptive Pill And Your Sex Drive

In the mood for sexy time? It could be due to the Pill!

Scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of New Mexico both confirmed that the synthetic hormones that prevent pregnancy in the contraceptive pill are increasing your libido.

Higher Sex Drive Could Be Due To Higher Progestin

While not always the case, the studies concluded that women in committed relationships experienced a higher sex drive when on the Pill.

The researchers documented the sex lives of close to 400 women to come up with their findings. They were then published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. 

The key factor, according to Professor Stephen Gangestad from the University of New Mexico, is the level of synthetic hormones in the pill.

“This association was especially true when the contraceptive that women used had potent levels of synthetic hormones that mimic the effects of the natural hormone progesterone, and lower levels of the hormone oestrogen,” Professor Gangestad explained.

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Not All Birth Control Pills Created Equal

The amount of synthetic hormones that mimic progesterone and oestrogen in each brand of pill will vary.

The mini pill, which is often given to breastfeeding women, contains a small dose of the synthetic progestin. But most contraceptive pills on the market are considered a combination pill, and contain both synthetic hormones.

While the Pill may increase your sex drive, there are several other side effects that all women should be aware of when determining what contraceptive method to use.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to have a look at the New Safety Warning For Australian Women On The Pill.

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written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.