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babybear
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I've been on birth control for over a year now and I have noticed I definitely do not produce as much natural lubrication as I used to. The sex I had with my ex wasn't too great - he never tried to help me along with getting aroused, so I figured that was why; but now that I am not currently sexually active and just masturbating I have noticed this as well.

Can BC effect this? I've heard it can effect your sex drive (which it has not for me) but I was unsure about natural lubrication.

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Yes. Birth control pills essentially halt the production of natural hormones and replace them with constant levels of synthetic versions. Too, one of the main functions of the pill is to thicken and acidify the cervical fluid, which mimics the "dry days" in the natural cycle.

Thus, many women have lower estrogen levels on the pill and may suffer from more frequent vaginal infections and dryness as a result.

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Yeah, I've had several bacterial vaginosis infections and one yeast infection since I have been on the pill. I don't know, I'm too scared to go off birth control, though. Eventually I will find another sexual partner and condoms just won't cut it for me. O well, I'll just keep 10 bottles of lube on hand! [Smile]

Thanks for the reply!

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