What if this impacts my desire to have sex?
While this is not a common complaint of injectable users, it is a potential side effect. So, the first step is to check what else in your life could be causing a change in your sex drive? Are you stressed? Are you having relationship issues? You may be able to change some of these things, to increase your desire to have sex: try to exercise more, try new things in bed, try having an open conversation about your feelings and needs with your partner.
Still not working? If you have looked at other things in your life that might cause the loss of sex drive and still think it is the injectable, think about switching to pill, patch, or ring (which have less hormones and are easier to stop using if the problem persists) or an IUD (which has low or no hormones). You could also try non-hormonal methods such as the diaphragm, external condoms (male), or internal condoms (female).
Try a different method: IUD; patch; pill; ring
- World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (2018) Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers. Baltimore and Geneva. Retrieved from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260156/9780999203705-eng.pdf?sequence=1