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May 29, 2005

Can taking the pill dull a woman's desire forever?

Topics: Health Issues

ORAL contraceptives may free a woman to have sex without fear of getting pregnant, but they could also extinguish her desire. Contraceptive drugs curb the hormone's production in the ovaries and also raise levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), also known as Testosterone-estrogen Binding Globulina substance, that takes the hormone's production out of play. Until now, any sexual dysfunction, including loss of libido, muted or non-existent orgasms or painful intercourse, was thought to be reversible when women stopped taking the drug. But researchers said in a meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Washington DC last week that "There's the possibility it is imprinting a woman for the rest of her life."

Posted by Hyscience at May 29, 2005 11:06 AM

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