By Zoё Macintosh, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 06 May 2010 09:43 am ET
Women who use hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills and skin patches, are more likely than others to have low sex drive, suggests a new and remarkably simple study.
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD), which includes persistent low libido and sexual satisfaction, is a medical condition that has been linked to stress, biological vulnerability, and relationship factors. But until now not much research had been done on what is perhaps an obvious question: Does the use of contraceptives that take a direct hit at chemicals responsible for managing a woman’s sexual organs affect their sex drive?
Researchers analyzed a survey of 1,046 female medical students who used a single kind of birth control and who had been sexually active in the preceding four weeks. Of these women, 32.4 percent were considered at risk for FSD, and 20.4 percent for any of a slew of other sexual dysfunctions, including arousal disorder, decreased lubrication, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, and pain during intercourse.