I've been on Ortho tricyclen-lo for a little over a year now, and for a while now my sex drive has been quite pathetic. My boyfriend & I used to have sex pretty frequently (say 6-7 times a week), but now we're lucky if I'm in the mood for it maybe once a month. I still want
to have sex, mentally anyways, I mean I'm only 21 years old so this shouldn't be happening to me, right? But I can't get physically aroused AT ALL. And by the off chance that I do, it takes forever.
I am considering going off the pill for a while to see how my body readjusts. We still use condoms every time, so it shouldn't be any different. The only thing I'm worried about is my severe cramping that I get with my periods. Before I went on the pill, my periods lasted about 8 days on average (sometimes longer), and I had terrible cramps for days. Now that I'm on the pill my period lasts maybe 5 days and I have no cramps at all. That's my only concern. But I think it's worth dealing with if it means I'll get my sex drive back. I'm sure I can find other ways to deal with my periods (pain relievers, etc.), that won't kill my libido.
Are there other pills that don't reduce sex drive? Such as a different combination of hormones? Ortho tricyclen lo is the only pill I've ever been on and it has not been a pleasant experience. Before I was on it, I had some acne on my face, which cleared up within a couple months of going on it, but lately it's been returning, and not only that but during the third week of my pill cycle I also get nasty pimples all over my neck. I feel like it's toxifying my body and I want to go off it and see if there's any improvement. Anyone else have similar experiences with this pill? Advice? Any information you could offer would be appreciated.