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Member # 30315
posted 06-14-2007 08:25 PM
Hey guys, just a random quasi-scientific question.
I've been on the pill for the last nine or ten months, and I just stopped - this is my first cycle without it. So obviously I'm expecting a little weirdness as my body readjusts. But I noticed that for the past three or four days, I've had a really high libido. As in, whenever I had any time to myself, I started thinking about sex; a somewhat high libido is normal for me, but this was crazy! Anyway, it's started to decline a little bit, but it got me wondering: I know that there are natural highs and lows in libido during a woman's menstrual cycle, but are the highs in any way correlated to the most fertile times in the cycle? Biologically it would probably make sense, so that females would have sex at the times when they're most likely to reproduce, but I don't know for sure. Anyone? (Heh, that was kind of a long-winded intro to a simple question... sorry 'bout that! )
Member # 25983
posted 06-14-2007 08:36 PM
(Thanks a lot, now you've gone and got me so eager to quit this stupid pack I can hardly wait for the end!
) Nah, but on a more serious note, a good majority of women notice libido suppression while on hormonal birth control. OC's are frequently recommended to girls and women with conditions like acne and polycystic ovary syndrome because they're anti-androgenic; they reduce levels of free testosterone. This is good news to women who produce too much, but bad news to the rest, since it's widely thought that testosterone is a main player in female sexual response. So, that's reason enough for your libido to feel sky-high! Otherwise, I'd say that libido does ebb and flow during different phases of a woman's cycle. Fertile times are no guarantee, though; I know I've always had an insatiable appetite during menstruation, which of course is on the lower spectrum. Maybe someone who can elaborate further will come along.
Member # 3
posted 06-14-2007 09:02 PM
This question is a bit similar to the age-old question of if women in their mid-to-late thirties are in their "sexual peak."
Like the answer to that one, it's a complex issue, because arousal and libido are so much more than chemical or hormonal -- those things are but one set of players in libido. We've always also got to consider the emotional, the intellectual, the interpersonal, the historical, the whole works. So, for some women, yes, they may experience increased libido during ovulation, especially since both testoserone and estrogen levels do peak at that point in the cycle. (Perhaps of interest, too, some studies have shown that the sense of smell and vision are heightened during ovulation.) But that's also assuming that most of those other factors are in line with that, as well. But since you JUST went off the pill, what you're experiencing is more likely due to that, since you may not get back to ovulating for a couple cycles off, still. (You so often ask great questions, Lucy: always nice to be kept on my toes!)
Member # 30315
posted 06-15-2007 04:27 PM
Ah, all that makes sense. Thanks for indulging my curiosity, you two!