7. Your libido is affected
The changes in the hormone production and levels in the body when you go on or come off birth control will affect the libido. A woman’s libido is driven by hormones. When you take the pill, it lowers your testosterone levels. The fact that you don’t ovulate may affect your sex drive. Most women report a decline in their sex drive when they take the pill. A lot of them also report vaginal dryness, which makes having sex uncomfortable or painful.
A lot of women who have stopped taking the pill have reported a renewed interest in sex. Their libido increases to previous levels. If they had vaginal dryness, this tends to improve as well. However, they report that the stress of falling pregnant affects their ability to enjoy sex. It is important to have a post-birth control contraceptive plan in place. That way you don’t have to worry about falling pregnant and wishing you’d stayed on the pill.
This effect on the libido when going onto the pill is not felt by all women. It’s possible for your libido to remain the same or to have an increased sex drive when you’re on the pill. Even if this was the case, your libido might increase anyway when you go off your birth control. Our bodies react so differently, so your libido might decrease when you go off the pill (although this is unlikely).
You and your partner should discuss such matters before you go off the pill. It’s highly doubtful that he’ll mind your ramped-up sex drive at all. In fact, if you’ve had low libido while on the pill, he’ll probably welcome it. But in case the reverse happens, make sure he understands it’s nothing to do with him.