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coming off the pill

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hello!
Never posted a question in the sex forum - I don't think.

Anyway...I am going to come off the pill because I have been taking it for about 6 years now and to be homest although I am living with my partner our sex life isn't as hot as It used to be (Or should that be BECAUSE I am living with my partner).

He says he wouldn't mind going back to using just condoms.

I'm just wondering if anyone has done the same...come off the pill after a long time.
Were there any effects, good or bad?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    LOL - I think it should be a rule in the book of good sex: "never move in with thy partner". <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    I've been thinking about doing the same thing luv - having been on the pill for 3 years, and having seen my libido get limper and limper I'm desperate for some sort of remedy! Have you thought about changing your pill? Sometimes that can help (I've heard...).

    Other than that....give up your jobs. <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> Working definitely kills my sex drive.

    Ideas from anyone else would be useful (pant, pant)!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Certain types of the pill can lower your libido, I think it's the ones with more ostregeon in (don't quote me on that though), you are better off talking to your doc. I came off the pill a few months ago cos it made me put on weight and I always forgot to take it.

    Argggh, proper periods again and hormones!! The hell. Oh well. Choice of two evils I guess.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    One thing about coming off the pill is that you need to be *ultra* carefull for a few months afterwards.

    When you come off the pill, there is a marked increase in your fertility. In fact the pill was discovered as a contraceptive as a side effect of research into the same substance as a fertility drug.

    Apart from that, over the years, I've heard of everything from heavier periods, longer periods, depression, loss of sex drive right through to feeling great, increased sex drive and lighter periods all attributed to coming off the pill by different people.

    The exact formula of pill makes a difference, but so does your own metabolism, to what effects if any you'll feel.

    In my direct experience, an ex who came off the pill was until then on one of those where you have to stop taking the pill for a few days each month. She'd found that that pill had greatly regulated her periods and when she came off it the periods became irregular and heavier for some months.

    She later went on the injection, which stopped her having periods at all, and felt that was best of all. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ooh dear - now I'm wondering if I SHOULD come off it?

    I like the idea of an incresed libedo but I really wouldn't want to get pregnant at the moment and I think my boyfriend would be so frightened of relying on Just condoms once I tell him my fertility might be greater if I come off and he'd probably never touch me again (No change there then!!!ho Ho)

    What to do? MMMMMmmmmm? Today is the day - if I don't take it today and then decide I have made the wron decision I'll have to wait seven days before I can have sex but then again.....only 7 days!! It's not likely I'm going to get a shag in 7 days ... or 7 months!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    So why not some off the pill and have an IUD fitted? You won't have to use condoms and you'll get your libdo back but best of all you'll be covered pregnancy wise as soon as it is fitted!

    Thats what i'm doing in about a months time cos quite frankly i have forgotten was sexual excitment was and i never had that problem before i went on the pill!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    factsheet on IUDs for you

    You should talk through coming off the pill with your GP or family planning clinic, they'll be able to advise you on the side effects you may experience and other contraception options.

    Susie <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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