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Does ‘The Pill’ affect your sex drive?

Posted by Cate on January 29, 2009

Pillowtalk Study

Currently recruiting

A Multi-centre, double-blind, randomized study to investigate the impact of a sequential oral contraceptive containing oestradiol valerate and dienogest (SH T00658ID) compared to a monophasic contraceptive containing ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel (Microgynon) over 6 treatment cycles on alleviating complaints of reduced libido in women with acquired female sexual dysfunction (FSD) associated with oral contraceptive use.

Principal researchers:

  • Professor Susan Davis
  • Dr Fiona Jane

Associate researchers:

  • Associate Professor Robin Bell

For some years now, some women taking the oral contraceptive pill have noticed a decrease in their libido. This problem has been investigated by The Women’s Health Program who are conducting a study into a new oral contraceptive pill that it hopes will lessen this problem.

Volunteers are required for this study to visit the Alfred campus (Prahran) on 4 occasions over a 6 month period.

If you are on the pill already, having recently noticed your libido disappearing, aged between 18-50 and in good health, we want to talk to you.

Please call +61 3 9903 0833 to speak with Jenny or Corallee or email


*I’m actually writing an article for a women’s journal in the UK about women and low libido. I find the term Female Sexual Dysfunction problematic, but this doesn’t negate the value of research into this area of women’s lives and well being.


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