It may seem more convenient than other methods of birth control, but there are plenty of inconvenient truths about the pill. And one of them—lowered libido—is especially ironic considering oral contraceptives are supposed to free you to truly indulge your desire for sex without fear of an unwanted pregnancy.
In conventional medicine, waning or absent sex drive is considered a classic symptom of menopause. Doctors often dismiss the same complaint from younger women as something driven by external factors: relationship issues, work stress, exhaustion from caring for young children, etc.
But young women constantly come to me reporting loss of libido, despite relationships they consider healthy. They also sometimes suffer from fatigue, depression, weight gain, and other symptoms strangely like those of menopause. One of the first things I ask these patients is if they are on the pill. The answer is almost invariably yes. And when we test their hormone levels, their estrogen is often just as low as that of their much older menopausal counterparts.