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spiritfinder
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/24/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering is IBS can effect a persons sex drive. I am in the process of figuring out what is wrong with me at this time and I was told that I have IBS but they want to rule everything out first. but These problems all started when i was pragnant with my daughter 27 months ago and that is right around the time i starting losing interest in sex even after i had my child i wasn't interested in sex and now my partner of 3.5 years is wondering why. I would like to know if IBS is related to this problem of mine. or if anyone else has the same problem and maybe get some ideas on how to work through the problem

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
1) It's possible that you are not interested in sex because your IBS makes you feel bad/sick all the time.  Most people don't want sex when they feel bad.
 
2) What's more likely, however, is that your drop in sex drive is related to your pregnancy.  It is VERY common for women to be less interested in sex after childbirth.  Some of the reasons why:
 
a) They are the primary caregiver to the baby and are physically exhausted a lot.
b) Vaginal birth and/or an episiotomy may have changed the shape of the vaginia, making sex unstimulating, if not actually painful.
c) Some women (and men) suffer from a kind of post-traumatic stress syndrome from the birth, in which after having had a baby (or seen one born), the affected person can no longer see that place as sexual.  If you feel like sex is dirtying up the womb you carried your child in, or if you find yourself thinking about the birth of your child when you try to have sex, then that may be an indicator that you are having a problem reconnecting your reproductive system with your sexual system. 
d) A woman's hormones do not resume their normal levels post-baby.  When a woman has too little testosterone, she has too little sex drive.  Carrying a baby typically supresses a lot of testosterone, and sometimes it fails to recover.
 
So, analyze yourself.  Do you feel tired and/or sick a lot?  Then that's probably why you don't want to have sex.  If sex is painful or uncomfortable, see your gynocologist.  I read an article that in France they actually have vaginal toning exercises that they get women to do in a doctor's office (I think it also included some mild electrical stimulation as well) to recondition the vagina after birth.  There may be some exercises that your doctor can recommend to help reshape your vaginia.  She can also check to make sure that if someone stitched you back up, they didn't stitch up too far (heard about that happening).  A minor surgical procedure may be needed to correct that problem or some other that occurred because of birth.
 
If you think that you might be having a problem with returning your reproductive track to sexual work, then a therapist can help you.  It's not unheard of, so it shouldn't be hard to find someone to help you through your feelings and get things back on track for you.
 
And, finally, if none of those things really sounds like you, then it's probably hormones (it usually is).  See your gyno and ask to have your hormone levels checked.  You may need a hormone supplement, or just a different birth control option that helps boost your missing hormones. 

Newmother
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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have that feeling every now and then.. sex isn't as "enjoyable" at times than it was when I wasn't pregnant or had a child. I had my daughter 6 months ago... it'll get better though.. trust :)

spiritfinder
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for your advice I will check into the ideas that you sent me thank you

pb4
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hormones especially after pregnancy can do a number on a womans sex drive.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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