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25, very low sex drive and extreme night sweats

By Anonymous April 25, 2009 - 8:36am
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I'm 25 and for the past 2 months I experience night sweats. I wake up soaked. I have to wash my sheets and pillows several times a week. Also, for about the past year, I have no interest in sex. I am absolutely fine without it. I have been on microgestin birth control for the past 6 years. I'm on no other meds and have expereinced no extreme changes in my life. What could be wrong?

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I am 34 and experiencing awful night sweats for over 2 years now! It is every single night and is terrible!!! I have had blood work drawn and everything is okay. I was given birth control and it hasn't helped. I would love some answers so if anyone has insight, please pass it along!!!

April 2, 2015 - 5:23am

Hi, I am also going through the same thing. I started having night sweats about 8 years ago when I was around 27 or 28, I am now 35 and I still have them every night and I also smell soured when I have them. I have had them when I was not on any birth control pill and I am now on a birth control pill Tri-Sprintec for the last 4 years and I still have them just the same. I have had my thyroid checked and a TB test and everything. I have had two doctors tell me that it is not hormonal, but I am on the birth control pill and if it was hormonal the birth control pill would stop it and if it was hormonal, the only thing they would do is put me on the pill, which I am already on, so I am about to go crazy. I don't know what else to do about this. It has been going on for so long and nobody seems to know why. Please let me know if you have gotten any answers about your problems, as they might help me too. Thanks!

May 9, 2011 - 1:45pm
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I am going through the same thing at age 28. My daughter is now five and have been on the Nuvaring since she was born. My doctor says that this is rare in people as young as us, but that it is hormonal. I would definitely recommend going to see your physician. Be very open and honest about everything, sometimes the smallest detail (like lack of sex drive) can be very important.

March 13, 2011 - 8:40pm
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Dear Anonymous,

Thank you so much for visiting the website and for posting your question to us.

I'm so sorry that you are dealing with night sweats right now. They are just the worst. I've had them and what you are describing brings back so many memories. I kept a stack of sheets by my bed, mine were so bad. Changing your sheets at 2 a.m. is not so fun, let me tell you.

I agree with the posters above. I think it's time to get in to your physician for a check up. What you are experiencing, both in terms of your night sweats and your lack of interest in sex, could both end up being explained by other things, like a hot room, and/or stress or something. But they could also be caused by a hormonal issue, or from what I've been finding online tonight, caused by your birth control pills.

For example, here is a blog-type post by a woman who takes microgestin for severe cramps, but she says it makes her sex drive "zero":


So it's possible that the pills are causing the lack of sex drive, although I know you have taken them for some time. But even though you have been on that same type of birth control for six years now, I am wondering if you have had a dose increase or possibly some type of change in the pills? When you go in to see your doctor, please bring your current package of microgestin in with you so he or she can confirm that it's the right dosage for you.

Please post again and let us know how you are doing, and what your doctor finds out. I would ask for a complete check of your hormone levels and go from there. Best in health and big hugs to you, Michelle

April 25, 2009 - 11:54pm
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If your bedroom is hot or you wear too many night clothes, you can certainly have normal night sweats.

According to Medicine Net, there are several reasons that people can experience night sweats, you can read more about it here http://www.medicinenet.com/night_sweats/article.htm.

One of the listed conditions would be hormone disorders which may identify why you are experiencing the low sex drive.

Have you spoke to a physician about your condition? It may be important to see one since there are several underlying causes of night sweats.
I hope this helps.

April 25, 2009 - 9:16am
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