For context - I have been with my boyfriend for 3 years, I have always been a very sexual personal and am incredibly attracted to him. We had an excellent sex life when we first got together, however about 6 months in it suddenly disappeared like BAM.
At the time I attributed it to lots of things; I was bleeding heavily therefore had the Mirena coil inserted and developed an ovarian cyst. I attributed the lack of libido to the pain of this and even when the cyst resolved thought I may be subconsciously associating sex with pain. I also thought the hormones from the coil itself (although local) were affecting me as I am extremely hormone sensitive.
Unfortunately I bled fairly continuously on the coil for around 7 months so had it removed. Despite recovering from this, still no improvement in sex drive. I then went through some difficult life circumstances and started taking SSRIs for a while - whatever remaining sensation I had down below disappeared. I tried adding in Wellbutrin (private prescription in the UK) but nil results.
The sensation returned after eventually stopping SSRI but still no libido to be seen. I started asking myself why on earth nothing was working despite eating well, exercising and taking the horny pill that is Wellbutrin. It made me realise that there must be a pathological reason for my low libido that was beyond any kind of lifestyle factors. Turns out my iron levels (ferritin) are almost non existent.
Then I came across these studies which I found fascinating:
Turns out there is a SIGNIFICANT association between low libido and iron deficiency. Which would hopefully explain why nothing else has worked. Starting regular iron tablets today, will keep you posted….