If your sex drive feels different to you, ask your health care provider first about switching to a different hormonal method or even just a different formulation of the pill, which can have a big impact on side effects. Some coverage of the subject even offers a biological explanation based on the fact that the pill reduces the amount of testosterone women produce. It's possible, but not likely. Start kissing your partner or watching a sexy movie and see what happens. Kristen Mark, the lead author on the study said in a statement: The result is a drop in desire, a decrease in how often women will engage in sexual fantasies, and decreased lubrication at the time of sexual activity, in response to erotic thoughts or direct physical stimulation. Fortunately, if dryness is the issue, lube can help! Thankfully, these side effects often go away after a few months. Most of them are mild and similar to the symptoms you may have right before your period—like nausea, bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings. The researchers say this suggests that the differences are more about relationships and less about birth control. Some women find that triphasic birth control pills different amounts of hormones every week have less impact on their sex drive than monophasic pills same amount of hormones each dose. Rethink your definition of desire. Of course, if you are on a hormonal method now and finding yourself less interested in sex—or if you have a partner in that situation—mountains of research mean next to nothing. It's very common for women to feel their desire shift over time. Other women find that they experience these effects regardless of what type of pill they use. The pill can lead to vaginal dryness, which can in turn lead to pain during sex —and pain during sex can make more sex seem less appealing. The amounts of the hormones in the pills vary.