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Forum Name: Female Sexual Disorders

Question: Does an Herbal Libido Enhancing Supplement Affect the Pill?

 ScholarlyMe - Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:36 pm

Hi. I am 21 years old and have been on the oral contraceptive Yaz for about 2.5 years now. In the last 6 months I have gone through a particularly stressful time at my university, and this has had a damaging effect on my libido, which is affecting my 1 year old marriage. I am considering taking an herbal remedy to increase my libido which states to have the following ingredients: Ashwagandha, Acetylcarnitine, Catuaba, Cnidium, Choline, Cistanches deserticola, Coleus Forskohlii, Daidzein, Damiana herb, DMAE, Dodder seed, Horny Goat Weed, Jujube, Maca, Mucuna Pruriens, Muira Puama, Passion Flower, Suma, Rehmannia, Rhodiola rosea, Shilajit, Trimethylglycine, Tongkat Ali herbal extract, and Tribulus Terrestris extract.

Do you know if these would decrease the effectiveness of my oral contraceptive pill?

Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:41 pm

User avatar Hello,
Herbal supplements are not tested or regulated by the FDA so I have little information about this. What I do know is that the effectiveness of libido enhancers is questionable at best. I do not know if there is any interaction between the substances. I would not think so but can't say for sure. You might ask your pharmacist to check the particular pill you use to see if there are any food, herbs or medications that interact negatively. Rifampin (an antibiotic) has been shown to affect birth control pills but this is rarely prescribed. This is known because it is a medication; not a supplement.

You may find that stress relief would do as much for your libido anyway.

Best wishes.

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