Sex and Oral Contraceptives
Overall women did not have adverse effects on their sexual function although when researchers looked specifically at desire, arousal, and pleasure which all decreased slightly. Orgasms and responsiveness were not adversely affected. Thus it is possible that sexual function can change when on a contraceptive. This study evaluated the women over 3 months of use, thus it cannot be fully extrapolated to women on the birth control pills longer. Initially women do require time for the hormone levels to be steady, so it's important not to jump to conclusions based on just a very short time on the therapy. This study did look at ages 18-35, although most sexologists would say a teen's sexual response is very different from a mature woman in her thirties. Other possible confounding factors for some women are: low initial arousal rates, use of other medications, chronic infections, or low lubrication. It would be worth consulting with your gyno if you have any of these conditions and to see what therapies might be available to you.