The Pill and Libido Part 1
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If you're like 40 percent of women, the Pill, which is meant to prevent pregnancy, works in an unexpected new way: By not making you want to have sex!
Transcript: Recent published research notes that 40 percent of women experience reduced sex drive while taking the...
Recent published research notes that 40 percent of women experience reduced sex drive while taking the birth control Pill. Why? A key component in female sexual desire is testosterone, a hormone many think of as being male. But women have it too, and every month when ovulation occurs, their ovaries actually make excess testosterone. Biologically, thats because women are fertile when theyre ovulating, and the body secretes testosterone to encourage reproductive behavior! But, women taking hormonal contraceptives dont have active ovaries, so the testosterone normally made there - 50 percent of the bodys production - isnt secreted. A. A womans B. adrenal glands make the other half of her testosterone, and they, too, are affected by the Pill. Why? The Pill doesnt just reduce testosterone production - it also encourages the liver to make a protein called SHGB, which hiders its effect. Thats because, when someone pops the Pill, the liver erroneously assumes the body has produced too much estrogen and fights back with the SHGB. But what about women who dont experience decreased libido on the Pill? Well check out their story in our next video.More »
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If you're a woman who can't take estrogen but is looking for the right oral contraceptive, taking the mini pill may just be for you. Check out this video for more information.
Transcript: There are more than 40 types of the birth control Pill available in the United States! How do you pick...
There are more than 40 types of the birth control Pill available in the United States! How do you pick one? Although all oral contraceptives help prevent pregnancy, every form is a bit different. One brand, the progestin-only Pill, is often referred to as the "mini pill." The mini pill is between 90 and 98 percent effective, slightly less than other forms of oral contraceptives. The mini pill gets its name because, unlike other forms of oral contraceptives, it does not contain estrogen. The mini pill works by thickening a woman's cervical mucus, making it very hard for sperm to enter her uterus. This is convenient for women who cannot take estrogen, or who react poorly to strong doses of hormones. But because the mini pill has fewer hormones, it must be taken at the exact same time each day, which can be hard to remember for some. Another disadvantage of the mini pill is that some women experience breakthrough bleeding between periods. If you're not sure about the mini pill, check out our other videos to learn about additional forms of oral contraception!More »
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Are you looking for the best contraceptive? Picking the Monophasic Pill may be the right decision. Watch this video to learn more about oral contraceptives and their benefits.
Transcript: Oral contraceptives are the most popular method of non-permanent birth control in the United States....
Oral contraceptives are the most popular method of non-permanent birth control in the United States. No wonder there are so many to choose from! Orthro Cept and Alesse are examples of a form of oral contraceptives called the "monophasic" pill. This birth control is over 99 percent effective when used correctly. A woman on a monophasic pill takes 28 pills during each cycle. Twenty-one of these are "active" and contain an equal amount of two synthetic hormones, estrogen and progestin. The remaining seven tablets in a packet are placebos. During the time a woman takes these, she does not receive hormones and usually gets her period as a result. One newer form of monophasic pill, called Seasonale, allows a woman to go three months without her period. It does so by containing 84 active pills, followed by one week of placebos. The steady dosage of estrogen and progestin in all monophasic pills may produce fewer side effects, like breakthrough bleeding, than other Pills. For some women, the high dose of hormones can prove too much. If you're not sold on monophasic tablets, check out our other videos on picking your Pill!More »
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Do you want to try a contraceptive that gives you 100% results? Multiphasic Pill is the way to go. It is a common birth control pill. Watch this video to learn more about it.
Transcript: The birth control Pill was invented in 1960, and has exploded in popularity since then. Today, you can...
The birth control Pill was invented in 1960, and has exploded in popularity since then. Today, you can choose from 40 kinds of oral contraceptives! The most common type of birth control pill is the muliphasic form, which contains different levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progestin each week. Multiphasic pills are over 99 percent effective when used correctly. Some multiphasic pills, like Mircette, change hormones once during a woman's cycle. Other multiphasics, like Orthro Tri-Cyclen, alter hormone levels once a week. These are also known as triphasic Pills. Both forms of multiphasic pills contain 21 active tablets and seven placebos. While taking placebos, a woman will usually have her period. Multiphasic pills are a good choice for women who are sensitive to the steady doses of hormones delivered by other forms of oral contraception. But multiphasic pills won't work for women who can't take estrogen, or for those who are bothered by light breakthrough bleeding. If you're not sure about multiphasics, check out our other videos on picking the ideal birth control Pill for you!More »
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Millions of women use the pill to prevent pregnancy. Watch this video to learn more about the pill at work.
Transcript: Eighteen million women worldwide pop a Pill once a day to avoid pregnancy! How do they work? Oral contraceptives...
Eighteen million women worldwide pop a Pill once a day to avoid pregnancy! How do they work? Oral contraceptives generally all work in the same manner: They prevent a woman from ovulating, or releasing an egg, each month. The Pill is over 99 percent effective if used correctly! At the beginning of a woman's menstrual cycle, levels of the hormone estrogen rise for about 14 days, which is when they peak. At this point, the body's ovaries react to the high estrogen level by releasing an egg to be fertilized. After ovulation has occurred, another hormone, called progestin, begins to increase, preparing the uterus to allow a fertilized egg to implant. Oral contraceptives contain synthetic versions of both the hormones progestin and estrogen. They prevent ovulation from occurring by keeping hormone levels from fluctuating. That means that excess estrogen isn't made to release an egg and excess progestin doesn't cause the uterus to prep for a fertilized egg to implant.More »
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Birth control pills have advantages beyond preventing unintended pregnancies. Find out about birth control pills and your periods in this video.
Transcript: Since the 1960s, birth control pills have been helping women have sex without worrying about pregnancy....
Since the 1960s, birth control pills have been helping women have sex without worrying about pregnancy. They have the EXTRA advantage, too. They help a woman regulate her period. Most women take combination pills, meaning they contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. Typically, a woman will have a 28 pill pack. She'll take one pill containing hormones each day for 21 days, and then she'll take pills WITHOUT hormones each day for 7 days. During these 7 days she'll have her period. A woman's natural cycle can range from 21 to 35 days long. Birth control pills can regulate it so that a woman can expect her period on the same day each month - no surprises. Some combination pills suppress a woman's period COMPLETELY, or for all but 4 weeks per year. The pack contains inactive pills for only a few weeks per YEAR as opposed to one week per MONTH. If a woman needs to skip just ONE period, she can throw out the inactive pills and take the next month's hormone pills through the 7 days. This is generally considered safe by physicians. As many as ONE THIRD of women who take the combination birth control pill take it not to avoid PREGNANCY, but to TREAT other conditions, such as dysmenorrhea-severe cramps - and menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding. Birth control pills will relieve the pain and LIGHTEN periods because they stop ovulation. Without OVULATION, there are lower levels of some PROSTAGLANDIN hormones that trigger cramps and blood shedding. Combination pills can also treat two other menstrual disorders - POLYCYSTIC ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, and ENDOMETRIOSIS. The pill reduces the amount of male hormones, which are in excess in a woman with PCOS. Women with endometriosis take combination pills to prevent the overgrowth of the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. Birth control pills do come with drawbacks. They may very slightly increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. The pill also raises the risk of STROKE and BLOOD CLOTS, especially in smokers and women over 40. Many women - such as those with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE - are NOT good candidates for the pill. Ask your doctor before taking ANY hormonal contraception. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about menstruation and menstrual disorders.More »
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If you've wondered if it is safe to use the pill to skip a period intentionally, learn about monophasic birth control. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Your vacation is planned for the SAME week your period is due to arrive. You don't want to deal with...
Your vacation is planned for the SAME week your period is due to arrive. You don't want to deal with CRAMPS and bloating at your tropical getaway, so you're wondering if you can safely use birth control pills to skip your period. First, you'll have to be use the MONOPHASIC birth control pill if you want to skip your period. Monophasic means that there is an equal amount of the hormones estrogen and progestin in each pill. Usually, a woman takes 21 active pills--meaning they contain hormones--and then 7 placebo pills, which don't contain any hormones and allow a woman to have her period. To skip your period, throw out those 7 placebo pills and take the active pills from a new pack. You'll avoid your period, but you may NOT avoid breakthrough bleeding, bloating, cramps and perhaps other side effects as well. You'll then want to kick-start your normal cycle again with the placebo pills. Many women opt to suppress their period COMPLETELY, or for all but 4 weeks per year. These women take low-dose active monophasic pills SPECIFICALLY designed for this purpose. Depending on the brand, they take placebo pills only a few weeks per year - or even less frequently. They end up taking a few DOZEN additional active pills per year than on the 3 weeks on, 1 week off plan. This continual intake of hormones can cause light bleeding and other minor side effects. All birth control pills may also raise your risk of blood clots and stroke, so if you're at risk for these conditions, continuous birth control may not be right for you. 97 PERCENT of physicians polled in a 2007 survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine said that skipping your period-whether it's for one month of several years-- IS safe. However, you should still ask your doctor before taking active birth control pills continuously, just in case your medical history clashes with the extra hormones you'd be taking.More »
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even if you've used a condom before, you may still have trouble getting it on. Watch this video for tips to make condom-wearing much easier.
Transcript: You know you should wear a condom. But how do you convince your penis of that? Putting on a condom can...
You know you should wear a condom. But how do you convince your penis of that? Putting on a condom can be scarywhat if she backs out, the mood is ruined, or you lose your erection? Relax. First, ensure that you keep condoms in an easy-access place thats not too obvious. For example, try a small, inconspicuous toiletries bag near the bed.If youre out, keep a condom in the chest pocket of your jacket where it will be safe and unnoticed. When its time to open the condom, make it easy by tearing from the center, not the corner. When putting the condom on, get on the bed and kneel on both knees, bending slightly forward. This is effective because blood will rush to your penis and offset any nervous shrinking. Of course, it has the added bonus of leaving you in position to,well, take the plunge!More »
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Safe sex doesn't have to be boring. Lots of fun can be had while being smart sex. Learn more about making safe sex sexy by watching this video.
Transcript: Believe it! You can spice up your love life up while still being smart about sex. Safe sex means not...
Believe it! You can spice up your love life up while still being smart about sex. Safe sex means not getting anyone else's semen, vaginal fluids, blood, or breast milk in your body. The only way to ensure that doesnt happen is to use a latex condom, dental dam, or latex gloves to protect yourself against transmission. But sex is about playeven responsible sexso make introducing safe sex practices part of your bedroom game! Use a water-based lube, like Astroglide, to make things go super-smoothly! Try buying some glow-in-the-dark condoms, and don't tell your partner what they do until the lights go out! Or take turns putting on the condom. Unroll it gently at the same time as one of you massages the penis. This ensures being safe feels good! Safe sex comes with some hot benefits! Condoms can help to maintain an erection and can fend off premature ejaculation. Its clear that safe sex is the hottest thing going on in todays bedrooms!More »
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If you don’t have much confidence in the average morning-after pill, you might want to know about the IUDs for the morning after. Get to know more from this video.
Transcript: Youre heard of the morning-after-pill and probably heard that its not fool-proof at preventing pregnancy....
Youre heard of the morning-after-pill and probably heard that its not fool-proof at preventing pregnancy. But another method is! If youve had sex without protection and need to be certain that you wont have to live with an unintended pregnancy, you may consider having a doctor insert an intra-uterine device, or IUD, into your uterus. This method is literally 99.9 percent effective when the IUD is inserted within 5 days after unprotected sex. An IUD is a T-shaped, plastic device that can be put into the uterus to prevent a pregnancy. ParaGard the type used for this purpose can prevent a pregnancy by encouraging the body to release leukocytes and prostaglandins, substances hostile to both sperm and eggs. The device can also stop an egg that has already been fertilized from implanting into the uterus. This type of IUD can stay in place and remain effective as birth control for 12 years, or it can be removed after the next menstrual period. A final note about IUDs: They are not recommended for women at a high risk for STDs following their sexual encounter. If this is you, talk to your doctor about other options.More »
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If you forget to use a condom, then the morning after pill can help. These pills contain hormones that help prevent pregnancy. To know more, watch our video.
Transcript: Forget to use a condom last night? The morning-after-pill offers protection against pregnancy today....
Forget to use a condom last night? The morning-after-pill offers protection against pregnancy today. Emergency contraception, or EC, is a pill that contains hormones which can help stop a pregnancy from occurring. Many people believe that EC causes an early abortion, but that's not the case. Actually, the medication prevents or delays the ovaries from releasing an egg, or stops a previously released egg from being fertilized. These are the same ways in which other hormonal birth controls prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception is most effective when taken within 72 hours from the time of intercourse. However, about half the women who take it experience nausea and vomiting due to EC's high concentration of hormones. If you're looking for EC, one form-called Plan-B- is available over-the-counter for women over 18. Other brands require a doctor's prescription. Know that, at best, EC drugs are only 89 percent effective...so ensure that it truly is a "Plan B" for you!More »
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Tired of taking the pill? Behavioral birth control may be just the thing for you. Learn about the pros and cons of this method by watching this video.
Transcript: Behavioral methods of birth control rely on couples adjusting their sexual practices to reduce the chances...
Behavioral methods of birth control rely on couples adjusting their sexual practices to reduce the chances of an unplanned pregnancy. These methods are advantageous in that they are free and require no prescription. Withdrawal is a method of birth control whereby a man pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. This can prevent pregnancy by keeping a sperm from meeting the egg. Unfortunately, 30 percent of people who rely on the withdrawal method conceive anyway. This is because even pre-ejaculate can cause a pregnancy. It also takes a LOT of self-control for a man to pull out at the height of pleasure, particularly if he is prone to premature ejaculation. Some couples rely on behavioral "fertility awareness methods," or FAMs. These depend on a woman tuning in to her body's ovulation cycles and refraining from sex on days when she is likely to release an egg. Before a couple can use FAMs, they must understand that a man's sperm can live in a woman's body for five or six days. A woman's egg, meanwhile, survives for one day after release. There are several ways to determine if a woman is ovulating, one of which is called the temperature method. A woman's body temperature rises minutely-between 0.4 to 0.8 degrees-on the day she ovulates, and remains elevated until her period. A couple is less likely to conceive between three days after the temperature rise to the day it falls again. A woman's body temperature rises minutely-between 0.4 to 0.8 degrees-on the day she ovulates, and remains elevated until her period. A couple is less likely to conceive between three days after the temperature rise to the day it falls again. Other couples use the calendar method, where the woman charts her menstrual cycles and abstains from sex on the days she's likely to be fertile...usually the five days prior to, day of, and day after, ovulation. Other FAMs include the standard days method, whereby a woman uses a special string of beads to chart ovulation, and the mucous method, where she monitors vaginal discharge to determine when conception is likely. While each of these FAMs can work, they are only about eighty percent effective, assuming the methods are followed strictly. Human error and other common factors can contribute to the failure rate. This is because ovulation can be altered by even slight stressors, like illness or diet alterations. In addition, most women don't ovulate at the same time every month, and charting fertility patterns consistently requires much dedication! Because behavioral methods other than abstinence have such a high margin of error, they are NOT recommended as primary means of birth control. In addition, none of the behavioral birth control methods (with the exception of abstinence), offer ANY protection against another common result of intercourse: sexually transmitted diseases. Intercourse can easily result in conception, so couples who don't wish to have a child should use birth control when being intimate. Talk to your doctor about the method that's best for YOU.More »
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Many people who have sex choose to use over the counter birth control. Learn more about non prescription birth control in this video.
Transcript: Millions of people who choose to engage in sex use over-the-counter, or OTC, methods of birth control,...
Millions of people who choose to engage in sex use over-the-counter, or OTC, methods of birth control, including male and female condoms, the sponge, and spermicides. Over-the-counter methods are appealing because they are available without a prescription, are inexpensive, and don't alter a woman's hormones. The most commonly used method of birth control is the male condom. A condom is a latex or plastic sheath that is worn on the penis to collect semen. If used perfectly EVERY TIME, condoms are 98 percent effective against pregnancy, but with typical use, they are about 85 percent effective. In addition, condoms are most effective when used with a separately applied vaginal spermicide. To put on a condom, unroll it over an erect penis to the base, leaving about a half- inch of space in the tip for semen. The female condom is another OTC method, effective 95 percent of the time when used perfectly, or 80 percent effective with typical use. It offers some protection against STDs and is a good alternative for people who are allergic to latex. The female condom is a plastic pouch with rings at both ends. It is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent sperm from entering the uterus. To use it, insert the closed ring into the vagina like a tampon. Let the outer ring hang an inch outside the vagina. While using a lubricant can make both the male and female condom more comfortable, NEVER use an oil-based brand with latex, as this can cause breakage. Condoms are more effective when combined with another method of birth control, like spermicides. Although spermicides can be used alone, they only reduce pregnancy by 85 percent, and are ineffective at protecting against STDs. Spermicides, which are available in cream, foam, jelly, and suppository form, block the entrance to the uterus and immobilize sperm. Although each preparation is a bit different, a spermicide should generally be inserted into the vagina about ten minutes before intercourse. Spermicide should be reapplied before each additional sexual encounter. Another birth control method that utilizes spermicide is the soft, plastic female sponge. The sponge covers the cervix to block sperm, and generally reduces pregnancy risk by 70 to 90 percent depending on a woman's conception history and accuracy of use. The sponge continuously releases a spermicide. The sponge can be inserted up to 24 hours before intercourse and must remain in place for at least six hours afterward. Before inserting the sponge, activate the spermicide by moistening it with water and squeezing gently. Then, fold the sponge upward from the loop at the bottom and slide it deeply into the vagina. While each of these OTC methods offers protection against pregnancy, none of them are 100 percent effective, and only condoms offer any protection against STDs. Sex is fun, but it does come with risks. Remember to talk to your doctor AND your partner about the birth control method that is right for you, and to use it correctly every time!More »
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