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Does working in L&D affect your sex drive?

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adpiRN has 3 years experience and specializes in L&D.

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I've been an L&D nurse for about a year and a half. I've noticed lately a decrease in my sex drive which I've chalked up to being with my husband for a few years, the fact that I'm working hard, stressed, my husband is unemployed so it's a rough time for us...

Then it occurred to me that a factor could be the actual work I do.

We see the good, the bad and the ugly of the human body, things going in and out of vaginas all day long, maybe it just eliminates some of the sexiness.

And, sorry for being graphic, but there have been some times in bed with my husband when a certain act reminds me way too much of a certain procedure at work! (SVE is one that comes to mind...) Kind of ruins the moment.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Any tips on separating work life from home life?

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I think it may be more of the stress than the L&D. When my husband lost his job for a few months I wasn't feelng that sexy either.

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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Not at all.

Working nights and being tired all.the.time. certainly does affect my sex drive, however.

And to be crude, but if that act reminds you of a SVE, then he's doing it wrong (or you're doing the SVEs wrong!). :)

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TeresaEDRN06 has 5 years experience.

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What's an SVE? :confused:

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adpiRN has 3 years experience and specializes in L&D.

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Sterile Vaginal Exam. When the OB checks the cervix for dilation....

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SweettartRN has 1 years experience.

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I don't work L&D but have to imagine it would be the best birth control in the world! :)

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621 Posts; 5,502 Profile Views

ha, marriage and a job dampens many peoples sex drive, add kids into the mix and it's almost non existent for many.

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LoveANurse09 specializes in Cardiac.

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ha, marriage and a job dampens many peoples sex drive, add kids into the mix and it's almost non existent for many.

absolutely! can someone please tell my husband that its not just me then? :lol2:

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It doesn't bother me at all!! Work stays at work!!! When something goes wrong in the hospitalIm just thankful that my kids were healthy and full term.

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Since you didn't ask just the females I will give my $0.02 from a male L&D nurse- it can, especially if I have an "interesting" patient.

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mitchsmom specializes in OB, lactation.

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Yes, it affects me because I'm too freaking tired to fool around after a 12!

Otherwise, it is honestly a completely separate, & strictly clinical entity for me.

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NurseNora has 40 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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It's never affected my sex drive; just made me even more careful with birth control (in the old days when that was still an issue). But I don't leave work entirely separate from my home life. When we hold hands, I find myself palpating veins for an IV start.

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