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J Sex Med. 2012 Sep;9(9):2213-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02848.x. Epub 2012 Jul 12.

The effects of hormonal contraceptives on female sexuality: a review.

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The Center for Vulvar and Vaginal Disorders, Akron, OH 44304, USA. burrowslj@yahoo.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Hormonal contraceptives can influence female sexual function.

AIM:

The goal of this article was to provide a comprehensive review of the effects that various hormonal contraceptives may have on female sexual function.

METHODS:

A Medline search was conducted using several terms related to and including the terms contraception, oral contraceptive, female sexual function, dyspareunia, libido, and sexual desire.

RESULTS:

A thorough review of the effects of hormonal contraceptives on female sexual function.

CONCLUSIONS:

The sexual side effects of hormonal contraceptives are not well studied, particularly with regard to impact on libido. There appears to be mixed effects on libido, with a small percentage of women experiencing an increase or a decrease, and the majority being unaffected. Healthcare providers must be aware that hormonal contraceptive can have negative effects on female sexuality so they can counsel and care for their patients appropriately.

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