Should You Quit The Pill? New Research Says Yes

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New study highlights birth control pill's negative side effects -- including low libido.

It's not the most common side effect, but it's not unheard of either: For some women, birth-control pills dull their libido to the extent that they defeat the purpose of taking it in the first place.

An Indiana University study presented this week at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting examined the sexual side effects of all hormonal forms of birth control through a survey of 1,101 women, half of whom were using non-hormonal contraception. The women using the pill and other hormonal methods reported feeling generally less sexy than those using non-hormonal protection. They had fewer orgasms and less-frequent sex, and found it more difficult to get aroused. The Daily Beast: Photo Gallery: The History Of Birth Control

The pill is the most popular method of contraception in the country, but it comes with a laundry list of possible side effects, from irksome nausea to breast tenderness. It also carries a rare risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, liver tumors, and gallstones.

These are all spelled out on Planned Parenthood's website, but oral contraceptives have other drawbacks that aren't mentioned in the fine print on your monthly pack — and they may make you think twice before you pop your next pill. The Daily Beast asked experts to weigh in on other alleged side effects, and whether the pill is really your best option.

Read on for the experts' takes: Should You Quit The Pill?

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