Since the second half of the 20th century, the contraceptive pill has given women in the UK a new level of sexual freedom. Yep – you’re finally free to have sex without condoms or other forms of non-hormonal contraception, and still not get pregnant, but you don’t actually want to have sex. Unlike many other side effects which are detailed on your pill’s leaflet, a change in libido isn’t so simple – your pill’s guide might say that a loss of interest in sex could be one side effect, but it also says there could be an increase too.
If you’re currently taking long-term contraception like the combined pill, you’ll likely have experienced some of the above side effects. Sadly, the same can’t be said for our male counterparts currently trialling male contraception. While women may have rejoiced in the news that the injected male contraceptive is now a very real, very effective option, there seems to be a bit of a spanner in the works.