Anyone taking oral birth control may want to set up an appointment with their gynecologist doctor concerning the recent findings of a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study involved an investigation into the amount of sex hormone binding globulin, also known as SHBG both before and after discontinuing the oral contraceptive birth control pill. As a result of the research, the study found that women who were on the pill could potentially be subject to long term problems as a result of low levels of unbound testosterone. These problems include sexual, mental, and metabolic health issues.SHBG is the protein responsible for binding testosterone, which makes it unavailable in a woman’s body when it comes to their physiology. Even those women who stopped taking the pill did not return to SHBG levels found in those women who had never taken the pill, suggesting that the problems the oral contraceptive introduced were not merely restricted to the time period in which the use was continuing. The problems themselves were likely to manifest in sexual dysfunction if not treated.For women taking oral contraceptives, the study proves to be a reason to make an appointment with their gynecologist doctor to hash out their risk for elevated SHBG levels. It is also a reason for physicians to warn their patients that the use of oral contraceptives could result in a number of sexual side effects. These side effects could include a decreased sexual desire and decreased arousal, as well as limitations on natural lubrication and a possible increase in pain during sexual activity. It is also a boon in the category of diagnosing women who come to them with these problems, as there could be a link between the hormone imbalance and the birth control they are on.The study does not mark the first time oral contraceptives have been the subject of controversy. There have been several studies since the 1970s that have shown that there may be a link between oral birth control and the reports of negative sexual side effects. These reports included diminished arousal and lowered frequency of sexual activity. There have also been reports linking birth control with diminished enjoyment of sex for a variety of reasons. While testosterone is typically associated with men, it plays an important role in healthy female sexuality as well.If you’ve been taking oral contraceptives and have experienced any sexual side effects, you may wish to talk to your gynecologist doctor and bring up this study as a possible link.
Birth control or contraception is a method of protection against unplanned pregnancy. It helps a couple decide whether or not to have a baby.A woman can have sex after pregnancy albeit some initial mild discomfort for the first two weeks. However, she stands a high chance of becoming pregnant as her menstrual cycle (that had stopped during her pregnancy period) is likely to resume. Since a new baby demands a lot from the family – especially the mother, becoming pregnant again immediately is not something most parents would welcome. Birth control after pregnancy is a safe and stress-free way of avoiding the anxiety of becoming pregnant again.Just as there are ways for a woman to look good again after pregnancy, there are ways by which she can protect herself against pregnancy as well. In addition, it is important to note that only a few birth control methods protect an individual against sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or HIV/AIDS.For any birth control method to be effective, it is important for a couple to understand the way it has to be used and the various do’s and don’ts associated with it. Talking to a qualified professional definitely helps and you get to clear your apprehensions before you chose any specific birth control method.Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)LAM is a natural method of birth control during breastfeeding that relies on the postnatal infertility of the woman. Lactation suppresses ovulation hormones. However this is possible only up to the first six months provided the baby is exclusively and frequently breast-fed throughout the day. LAM is no longer effective once menses resume.Fertility Awareness MethodAlso known as natural family planning, this involves studying a woman’s menstrual cycle after pregnancy, to arrive at safe periods for intercourse and practice abstinence during ovulation periods. As a birth control method it is the safest as it does not involve any consumption, implantation or insertion of alien or external drugs or devices. However the success rate of this method depends upon a lot of factors such as self-control and regularity of menses.Barrier MethodBarrier methods such as condoms, sponges, diaphragms and cervical caps with spermicide, bar the sperm from entering the uterus and do not affect the breast milk.Hormonal MethodHormonal methods include oral contraceptives (birth control pills), skin patches, injections and vaginal rings comprising estrogen and progestin. Emergency or ‘morning after’ pills taken within three days of intercourse prevent pregnancy. However these are not advisable for lactating mothers as they affect the quantity and quality of milk produced. Also, hormonal methods involve other side-effects that may or may not agree with some women.Intrauterine Device (IUD)An IUD (also known as a loop) is a small device of plastic or metal that is inserted into the uterus by a health professional. IUD is a safe contraception that does not affect lactation. It can be removed when a woman wishes to conceive again.