London: Many women today use pills to prevent pregnancy. But, the contraceptives could put them off sex, say scientists.
A new study, published in the acclaimed `Journal of Sexual Medicine`, has found a link between using hormonal contraception and female sexual dysfunction, a condition most
often caused by a lack of desire.
"Sexual problems can have a negative impact on both quality of life and emotional wellbeing, regardless of age," lead researcher Dr Lisa-Maria Wallwiener of the University of Heidelberg in Germany said.
"Female Sexual Dysfunction is a very common disorder, with an estimated prevalence of about two in five women having at least one sexual dysfunction, and the most common complaint appearing to be low desire," she added.
For the study, the researchers recruited 1,086 women most of whom had been sexually active in the last month. They were asked to complete questionnaires designed to identify
problems with sexual function and this was compared to type of contraception if any they had used in the last six months.
The findings revealed that the women who took hormonal contraception suffered the most sexual dysfunction especially compared with those who used other types, like condoms, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
Dr Irwin Goldstein, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal said this had huge implications for women at the beginning of their sexual lives.
He said, "The irony is that these women are provided a medication that enables freedom from reproductive worries but these same women are not provided information that there are significant adverse sexual effects that may ensue.
"Agents that interfere with the hormonal milieu of women may adversely affect their sexual lives."