Worrying about becoming pregnant can negatively affect your libido and intimacy with your partner. Certain birth control methods cause women to experience lower progesterone and/or testosterone levels, both of which can also negatively affect sexual desire. Fortunately, there are plenty of recommended birth control methods that men and women can use to maintain, or enhance intimacy.
Top 4 birth control methods for intimacy
Let’s take a look at 4 recommended birth control methods that will have little to no effect on intimacy, libido or sexual desire:
- Barrier contraceptives – Diaphragms and cervical caps create a barrier between sperm and the cervix, stopping the sperm from entering the uterus. These natural birth control options do not use chemicals, which can interfere with a woman’s hormones, affect her mood and libido.
- Vasectomy – Male sterilization is a safe, effective and permanent birth control method for men. The procedure does not interfere with the blood vessels or nerves required for erections or ejaculations.
- Bilateral tubal ligation – Female sterilization is a safe, effective and permanent birth control method for women. This procedure does not change the levels of estrogen or progesterone in the body. Women will still menstruate, but it will not affect their mood or sex drive.
- Intrauterine device (IUD) – An IUD is a small, T-shaped, copper device that sits just inside the uterus and is an effective sperm deterrent. IUD’s have low or no hormones, which means your libido remains intact and, in some cases, could have a positive effect on sexual desire.
Selecting the right birth control method is an important, personal decision for every couple. Whether you’re looking for a permanent solution, or something temporary, the experienced doctors at Summit OB/GYN can help educate you on the pros and cons of each option, to help guide your decision-making process.
If you or your partner is interested in learning more about these recommended birth control methods, or if you need help with family planning, call 307-682-6263 to schedule your appointment.