Birth Control And Your Sex Drive: How To Keep Both

Itching to ditch your hormonal birth control because it's killing your sex drive? Do fertility apps, condoms and the rhythm method cramp your style? Consider another solution. Lady V may counteract the negative effects of hormones on your sexual desire. Keep your libido and birth control pill. 

Birth control pills give you freedom. Unfortunately, they can also take away your sex drive. A fair amount of studies reveal that women report decreased libido and other negative side effects from hormonal contraceptives. Reported side effects of some types of hormonal birth control include vaginal dryness which can cause pain during sex and/or throw off the balance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina. The result can be bacterial vaginosis.

Oral contraceptives are not the only reason for low libido. The IUD, patch and the shot also contain hormones that can decrease libido.

According to the article “Unpacking the trend on natural birth control” data suggests that only 3% of women using contraceptive methods use an app that guides them to chart their natural menstrual cycle to prevent pregnancy. This method may include abstaining from sex on fertile days. Even with their downside, birth control pills are still the most common contraceptive method in the US.

Besides preventing unplanned pregnancy, hormonal contraception provides some health benefits. In fact, Sprintec (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is FDA-approved to treat acne in adults and Yaz (drospirenone eth estra) is FDA-approved to treat acne in girls as young as 14 and to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Sprintec is sold under additional names such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Mono- Linya, Estarylla, Femynor, Mononessa, Previfem, and TriNessa. Yaz is also as Gianvi, Loryna, Nikki, and Vestura. 

The list of off-label uses for hormonal contraceptives is long as well. Hormonal birth control pills may be prescribed off-label to:

  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Reduce heavy bleeding (Menorrhagia)
  • Reduce pain during the menstrual cycle (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Reduce risk for developing ovarian cysts
  • Reduce risk for developing ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Reduce acne breakouts
  • Lower frequency of experiencing pelvic inflammatory disease

There may be other reasons not to go cold turkey on your birth control. What if your sex drive has plummeted for other reasons like hormonal imbalance? Low estrogen and low testosterone have both been shown to decrease libido in women.

You may be deficient in these hormones temporarily or due to other health conditions. Speak to your physician. You may consider going off of your hormonal contraceptive to let you hormones return to their normal level and then test them with a comprehensive at-home hormone test kit. When you get the results, discuss them with your physician. Home health test kits are affordable, easy to use and provide results within two to three days. Some include a consultation to review the results.

What Can You Do If Your Birth Control Is Zapping Your Sex Drive??

If your health history permits, switching to another type of birth control method could work. Norgestimate, the active ingredient in Ortho tri-Cyclen Lo, Tri-Lo Marzia, Tri-lo Estarylla, Trinessa Lo, and Tri-lo Sprintec, has been known to lower libido. An alternative COC containing the fourth-generation progestin drospirenone is less likely to turn your passion ice cold.  Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi, Vestura, Nikki and Loryna, Ocella, Zarah, and Syeda contain drospirenone.

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) could be another reason for a flagging libido. You may be experiencing FSD if you have the following symptoms consistently for a period of two to three months with no clear origin.

FSD is characterized as persistent

  • Pain during sex  
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido
  • Inability to have sex
  • Lack of satisfaction from sex

If these symptoms are familiar, you need to know you’re not alone and treatments are available. New research shows FSD affects as many as 40% of women. Although hormonal imbalance is not the only cause of FSD, it is cited as a common reason.  

If you do have FSD caused by low estrogen, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with estrogen or estrogen plus progesterone may be prescribed by your doctor. Lady V, the first female “Viagra”* for women of any age may be another option.

What Is Lady V?

Lady V is an exclusive blend of prescription and specialty ingredients formulated to increase women's libido, vagina lubrication, sexual satisfaction, and strength and frequency of orgasms.

How Does Lady V Work?

Lady V Key Ingredients:

  • Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.
  • Icariins, from the flowering plant Icariins Sagittam, also known as Epimedium and Barrenwort.

Icariins Sagittam has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac in both men and women. Just like sildenafil, icariins is a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor. PDE-5 inhibitors are used to treat erectile dysfunction in men because they increase blood flow to the penis.1 The opening of blood vessels, vasodilation, results in an erection.

According to The Effect of Sildenafil Citrate on Uterine and Clitoral Arterial Blood Flow in Postmenopausal Women, sildenafil can increase blood flow to the clitoris and uterus in menopausal and premenopausal women. The increased blood flow sets off a host of responses including vaginal lubrication.

What Makes Lady V Unique?

  • It’s the only prescription of its kind
  • Won't reduce your birth control pill's effectiveness
  • Made with FDA-approved prescription medications
  • Custom-created just for you!
  • There are no restrictions on alcohol when taking Lady V (just be responsible!)

Lady V Is Also Simple To Use

  • Take one pill 30 minutes prior to sexual activity
  • No need to take Lady V every day
  • Orgasmic effect may last for days

If you try Lady V and you're not feeling all of its effects, contact us and we will work with you to further customize the treatment or help seek alternatives. We're here to help!


1 Chau Y, Li F-S, Levsh O, Weng J-K (2019) Exploration of icariin analog structure space reveals key features driving potent inhibition of human phosphodiesterase-5. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222803.

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