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YourLadyship
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I've been on Yasmin 28 for 5 years and my sex drive is now ka-put. [Frown] I'm thinking of going on the shot or the ring. Any of you gain your sex drive back? I searched through the pros/cons of both. NuvaRing users said they had one, but I'm weary abut the ring.

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atm1
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Different hormonal methods have different effects on different people. I can say, though, anecdotally that Yaz and Yasmin are pretty well know for being libido killers more than some others.

It's hard to say what effect other methods will have on your libido, but any hormonal method can have an affect.

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YourLadyship
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Really? I didn't know that. I wonder why it's Yasmin/Yaz that do that.

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pantas25
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The Ring kind of put a damper on my sex life- of all the pills I've been on (Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, TriNessa, Yaz, Lybrel), it had the biggest impact on my desire to have sex, though I think it had more to do with the general discomfort/inconvenience of it for me. It was painful to have in during sex and having to remove it (which sometimes felt like removing a dry tampon) wasn't the most pleasurable pre-sexytime event. Then again, it wasn't decreased by all that much- I still wanted to do it. A lot.

Shot in the dark as to WHY Yaz and Yasmin do that- drospirenone is similar to spironolactone, an anti-androgenic medication often used for the treatment of acne (which is why Yaz is used a lot to treat acne) among other things. Anti-androgens work by "blocking" the receptors for androgens, or male sex hormones. Since those are what give us OUR sex drive, it would make sense that female libido suffers. I hope that makes sense. But if this theory is correct, changing from drsp to a regular old progestin SHOULD help.

[ 06-29-2010, 08:05 AM: Message edited by: pantas25 ]

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