Does the Pill Lower Your Sex Drive?

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The formula seems straight-forward: add synthetic estrogen and progestin to your body and your sex drive will diminish.

But perhaps there’s something more to it.

A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology takes some heat off the Pill as the cause behind lower libido levels. The medical endeavor suggests that long-time birth-control users encounter other factors that can cut into their craving for lovemaking. Among those variables considered were the presence children in the household, or just plain boredom with the same partner.

(See five little-known truths about American sex lives.)

Does this study fit your bill of sexual health? Head over to Healthland for the full scoop.

(Watch TIME Executive Editor Nancy Gibbs explain the importance of the Pill to society.)

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