Hormonal contraception drives joy out of sex for women

Despite its known benefits and convenience, newer forms of hormonal contraception could hamper arousal, orgasms and frequency of sex in women, driving joy out of act for them.

`Contraception in general is a wonderful way for women to plan their families,` said Nicole Smith, study co-author and project coordinator at Indiana University`s Centre for Sexual Health Promotion (CSHP).

`It`s something women are often on for as many as 30 years or more; it plays a huge part in their life. If they`re experiencing these negative effects, they might stop using contraception correctly or altogether,` said Smith, according to an Indiana release.

`Women should also be counselled on the many highly effective forms of birth control currently available; switching to another method might work better for them,` she said.

The study involved 1,101 sexually active women split almost evenly between those using a hormonal form of contraception such as the pill, patch, ring or shot, and those women using a non-hormonal form, such as a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap or withdrawal.

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