Dr. Goldstein shares the long-term effects of taking birth control pills.
For the majority of women long-term birth control is perfectly safe and in fact lowers the risk of ovarian cancer. However, for a subset of the population, and we don’t know how common it is, long-term birth control pills can cause decreased sexual desire. They can cause sexual pain, decreased arousal, decreased lubrication.
About Dr. Goldstein, M.D.:
Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, M.D., graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He pursued his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Goldstein moved to Annapolis, Maryland and started the Sexual Wellness Center which is devoted to the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became the Director of The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2002.