We’ve had lots of comments and questions on the Embarrassing Bodies website about female libido and loss of sex drive. A common theme seems to be, could the contraceptive pill be responsible for my loss of libido and that’s something I am often asked in surgery. The answer is yes, but with a big caveat and that’s time frame. So, if you have been on the contraceptive pill for 10 years and you’ve recently lost your sex drive, you actually need to look at your relationship not your contraceptive pill. If however you have recently changed a pill or you’ve started a new pill and you’ve found your sex drive has plummeted, then it may well be relevant and have a chat with your GP about an alternative form of contraception.
And a question here from a 32 year old lady who said she feels she is getting too wet during sex. There are two possible explanations for that. One is, is it urine? In which case we need to start thinking about is it your bladder, you need to chat to your GP. The more likely explanation is that you’ve just got more vaginal lubrication than you want. That doesn’t mean it’s a problem, it doesn’t mean it’s abnormal but actually you can dry vaginal secretions but using a progesterone dominant contraception. So it might be time for a rethink on your contraception.
And a lot of you asking about vaginal dryness making sex quite uncomfortable. Actually that’s a really common problem and one that I see a lot in surgery. It’s usually because oestrogen levels are a little low and it’s very easy to treat so pop and see your GP who may well suggest either a cream or a pessary that may well improve your symptoms.
And some of you commenting that your find it difficult to reach orgasm. Let me tell you, all women will find it difficult to reach orgasm at some point in their sex lives. What you need to do is focus on the circumstances when you do reach orgasm.
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Doctor Responses: Female Sexual Dysfunction
In this short video Dr Dawn Harper answers some of the most commonly asked questions about female sexual health.
The majority of these questions were asked by Embarrassing Bodies viewers in the comments sections of our various female condition guides.
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