Lack of sleep and busy schedules top the list of mood killers, but birth control is one of the worries that lingers on parents' lowering libidos
TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - You and your partner are finally stealing a romantic moment together, but you are distracted by less-than sexy thoughts like: "Did I remember to take my pill this morning, or yesterday for that matter?" or "Did we remember to pick-up condoms, and where are they?" Before you can even begin to remember, you hear the bedroom door handle turn and a high pitched whine, "Mommeeeeeeeeee!"
According to a new survey, this is a familiar scene for Ontario parents who cite busy schedules, kids walking-in, or worry over work / household obligations as desire destroyers.1 But the secret spoiler is one less obvious and certainly less discussed - birth control. In fact, one in four Ontario couples say birth control is a barrier to having a spontaneous sex life.2
The anti-climactic libido-killer
Parents stated that contraception is a barrier to spontaneity because they are concerned about an unplanned pregnancy or because the hassles of birth control ruin the moment. In fact, among couples who use condoms as their main form of contraception, 83 per cent agree their sex life could be more spontaneous.3
Family physician, Dr. Vivien Brown , says having children doesn't have to be the death of a couple's hot sex life: "The best gift you can give your children is a strong relationship, and part of that is having a satisfying sex life. Parents can follow 'The three 'Rs' of Reviving your Sex Life'. If they Reschedule, Rethink and Reclaim their sex lives, they are well on their path to being a stronger couple, and better parents."
Leading experts Dr. Vivien Brown in Toronto and Dr. Judy Chow in Ottawa are available to discuss:
- Two strangers in the night: What are the biggest libido killers after having kids? Find out the top tips for how busy couples can reschedule their lives to get back into their groove and plan to get the spontaneous unplanned sex back into their lives.
- Break out of the bedroom: What locations did Ontario couples "do it" the most in before kids and what's stopping them now? Find out when and where parents are getting it on, and how they can take the worry out of being spontaneous and reclaim the bedroom now that they have permanent house-guests.
- Taking the worry out of spontaneity: What birth control blunders are killing couples' sexual spontaneity? Find out which birth control methods are stressing parents out and why - and learn about the options available, such as a long-acting reversible contraceptive, that can help them rethink their most common concerns.
1 Leger Sexual Spontaneity Survey. Page 65
2 Leger Sexual Spontaneity Survey. Page 85
3 Leger Sexual Spontaneity Survey. Page 54
SOURCE: Bayer Inc.
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