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Contraceptive Hormones Linked to High Risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction

The female sexual response is complex and influenced by several factors such as partner relationship status, stress, and desire for children.  In fact, Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) is very common, with as many as about 2 in 5 women reporting at least one sexual problem.  Low sexual desire is the most frequent complaint.  In a new discovery, researchers found that women taking oral and non-oral hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, shots, etc.) experience the highest risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction.

In a study of more than 1,000 sexually active women conducted at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, women using birth control pills (oral hormonal contraception) and non-oral contraception were at the highest risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction, particularly in the areas of low sexual desire and orgasm disorder.  Women using non-hormonal contraception or no contraception were at the lowest risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction.  Ironically, it appears that hormonal contraceptives intended to give women freedom from reproduction are associated with adverse sexual effects.
 

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