It’s hard to feel in the mood when you feel bloated, tired or stressed…
Although those symptoms alone can contribute to decreased sex drive, so can your hormonal birth control!
A decrease in sex drive while on hormonal birth control is a commonly reported and unwanted side-effect!
But there are ways to combat it...
3 Ways Birth Control Lowers Sex Drive/Libido
#1 Birth Control Depletes B Vitamins
Birth control depletes key nutrients that play a role in energy levels, mood, and thyroid function, which all impact sex drive.
It depletes many of the B vitamins, including riboflavin (B2), B6, folate (B9), and B12.
These all have key roles in metabolism, supporting optimal body functioning, mood, and energy.
#2 Birth Control Decreases Zinc Levels
Birth control increases copper levels in the body, which in turn competes with and lowers zinc levels.
Zinc is critical for thyroid health via its role in the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to its biologically active form (T3).
An under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) slows everything down, leading to fatigue, mood changes/depression, and lower libido/sexual desire.
#3 Combined Pills Lower Testosterone
Combined pills (containing estrogen and progestin) lowers testosterone levels, which is the most influential hormone involved in libido.
When it’s in an optimal range, testosterone contributes to bone health, muscle gain (which is essential for metabolism and maintaining a healthy weight), and libido in women...
Therefore, an imbalance of testosterone can have a damaging effect on sex drive.
Combined oral contraceptives have also been shown to reduce sexual desire, arousal, pleasure scores, and incidence of orgasm in some women.
They have also been linked to decreased lubrication, vulvovaginal atrophy, and increased risk for painful bladder syndrome.
This may be because hormonal birth control, especially combined hormonal contraceptives (e.g. the pill, the ring), reduces circulating levels of estrogen and testosterone and increases levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).
In summary, decreased testosterone = decreased libido.
Top Up Tonic to the Rescue!
Top Up Tonic addresses the common side effect of low sex drive for women by replenishing the nutrients and hormones that contribute to a healthy sex drive.
It improves energy levels via the B vitamins, CoQ10, and thyroid supporting nutrients (selenium, tyrosine, and iodine).
Top Up Tonic also increases zinc levels, which is a key nutrient involved in testosterone production.
Hormonal balance for body, mind, and sex!