Got on the pill, but can't get off
September 4, 2011 7:12 AM Subscribe
Hormonal birth control is screwing up the sexy time. Alternatives?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 25-year-old female and have been on the combined pill (Gildess) for about five weeks and was on the mini-pill (Jolivette) for a few months before that. I only have one complaint: all of a sudden it has become super difficult to have an orgasm. The formerly tried-and-true solo methods either don't work or take forever, long enough that I get bored and give up on what used to be an enjoyable nightly routine. Sex with the boyfriend is mighty fun and I get really turned on by him, but he and I are both a bit frustrated with the one missing piece.
Any suggestions on alternatives? (The progestin-only pill was nearly as bad, but had the added benefit of breakthrough bleeding, so that guy's out.) You are not my doctor, but I want to have an idea of what I want before I see her. The possibilities I'm considering:
--> Today Sponge - bit pricey, but maybe try it for a few months to see if things get better sans hormones?
--> NuvaRing - still has hormones, so might not solve things. Costs a bit, but, hell, it would be worth it if it works. Seems less scary than IUDs.
--> Mirena IUD - again still has hormones so might still mess things up. Insertion doesn't sound fun and it's a hunk of change to put out initially.
--> Paraguard copper IUD - No hormones, but potentially awful periods.
All of those would be accompanied by condom usage, since I'm paranoid and fond of my current non-pregnant condition. I'm just looking for a backup. Any thoughts? I'm leaning towards trying out the sponge+condom for a spell and then jumping onto one of the latter three methods. Is the failure rate of the sponge-condom combo low enough to be a responsible option? I'd appreciate any testimonials, especially from anybody who has had a similar issue. Thanks in advance.