I am so relieved to have found this site. I am 31 y/o and have been on the birth control for approx 12 years (with the exception of my two pregnancies and a few months off here and there over the years). I consider myself educated (I am a registered nurse working on my masters as a nurse practitioner), yet I have never, ever heard the birth control pill can eliminate your libido, and cause such intense mood swings, as well as many of the other sides mentioned (yet none of which are not so clearly stated on the drug insert). I have for many years battled with a mild anxiety disorder. I have gone on and off meds trying to alleviate this problem, yet many of those meds decreased my libido even further and made me unable to reach orgasm. Looking back on the last 12 years of being on the pill, I have to wonder…was it truly an anxiety disorder or was it the pill? It brings me to tears to think about this. I also feel for my poor husband. I enjoy sex with him….but the poor man has to work really hard to get me in the mood. I am very attracted to him physically and mentally, although I have a hard time expressing this intimacy. I have discussed all of this with my gynecologist and we have explored other birth control pills as well as alternatives. However, he has never mentioned to me that perhaps it is the birth control pill in general, regardless of hormone concentration. For the past 2-3 months I have been more acutely aware of how many women experience decreased libido as well as mood swings from the birth control pill. I have brought it up in many conversations with many different groups of women as well as many of the women patients I see daily working in an emergency department (when appropriate) and the general consensus is as discussed above. I find it liberating to realize how many women are experiencing these problems…it’s not just me. Why is it so important that we make sure the men are satisfied as demonstrated by the billions of dollars spilled into Viagra, Levitra, etc, to manufacture, distribute, and market for erectile dysfunction? What about the women and our sexual pleasure? This makes me feel second class….as if as women our sexual satisfaction means nothing…in other words we are here to please. Now you can see how emotional I am regarding this subject! To conclude, I have decided to go off the pill…my husband is very excited about the possibilities and so am I. I am now searching for an alternative, non-hormonal method of birth control. Wish me luck and thank you to all that contribute….and to you Cami for bringing this to the forefront. I wish you luck with contacting the Oprah show. Knowledge is power and with or without Oprah we need to let women know about the “secret” sides of birth control pills.