Libido: will my desire for sex come back after stopping the pill?

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  • Many women notice that hormonal contraceptives have an effect on their libido.
  • Even after you've stopped taking the pill, libido sometimes doesn't return as quickly as you might wish.
  • In the article you will learn how to boost your libido after you stop taking the pill.

For many women, the loss of their libido (which is what sexual desire is called) is the main reason for stopping the pill. The good news: it is very probable that your libido will increase again, once your natural cycle has set in. However, how long this takes varies from woman to woman. Some women already have a stronger desire for sex after just a few weeks, but with others it takes a few months.

Why does the pill influence the libido?

From a hormonal perspective, the body permanently lingers in the second half of the menstrual cycle when on the pill – so in the time after ovulation. This is how the pill works to prevent pregnancy. Antiandrogenic pills in particular cause testosterone levels to be extremely low. But this male hormone is what is responsible for sexual desire.

How do you stimulate the libido?

A balanced diet with few animal-based dairy products and “bad” carbohydrates, and...

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