(Closed) Birth Control and Depression

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you are concerned, I would definitely recommend talking to your doctor.  Sometimes it takes a trial of a few different BCs to find the one that works the best for you.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hey! I definitely get moody and sad on my pills sometimes, but it doesn’t sound as severe as what you’re describing. I think it could definitely be a side effect, and worth talking to your doctor about, and possibly even switching to another brand.

I just saw my doc for my annual exam on Monday, and she was saying that anytime you start a new kind of oral contraceptive, to give it 3 months for your body to adjust – but she was referring to more physical side effects like bloating, I think – and that if it’s a really bad side effect, you could consider switching before the 1st 3 months are up.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would talk to your doctor about trying a different pill.  There are so many different ones out there that you should be able to find one that doesn’t cause problems for you.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ugh, I have tried so many pills and they all seem to have had some degree of depression effects on me.  So I just tried to find one that affected me the least.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely talk to your doctor; maybe you can get a lower-dose pill or a pill with a different composition.  I was supermoody when I first was on the pill – I felt like I was back in high school again – not fun!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Agree with other bees that you should talk to your doctor.  Some people are just really sensitive to hormonal changes, and it may be that you’d feel better on a low-dose pill.  There are also non-hormonal options that might be more effective for you.

Post # 9
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751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was on Microgestin and it made me a crazy person too and then I switched to Yaz and was equally depressed.  Or in a rage.  It was one or the other, either total sadness or total anger.  I finally gave up and took myself off the pill and within three days felt like myself again.

There are lower dose options that you can try and it does take your body a few months to adjust but if you are only on them for a few months, it might not be worth it.  I’m getting married in May and was only planning to take the pill until after the honeymoon, but I decided that feeling as awful as I did wasn’t worth it for such a short time – especially such a short time that is supposed to be one of the happiest times in life! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

All BC pills are not created equal for each person! see your doctor. I had a problem just like that with a pill I was on and i didn’t even give it past the first month – i felt horrible, would cry, be mean, gained weight, pretty much every bad thing. and for what? i was in such a funk, it’s not like i was even someone you’d want to be around, let alone do things that would make birth control necessary.

If I were you i’d take it til the very end of the pill pack and take another brand.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Generally speaking, every doctor I’ve had has wanted me to stay on a certain type of birth control for 3 months before switching. Sometimes the 1st month can do strange things to your body. I’d suggest giving your doctor a call, maybe?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d have to agree with the other bees. This happened to me as well and it seriously made me hate the world, which is not my personality at all. It was scary there for a bit! I would definitely suggest going in and talking with your doctor and see if she can put you on something else. Good luck! Hang in there :]

Post # 14
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382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i went through a couple different kinds before i was happy with BCP. i’ve struggled with depression & anxiety for most of my adult life and found a lot of BCP made it worse. i’ve been on ortho-tricylen LOW for the past few years and have found it’s really improved my overall being & my moods have leveled out a bit more. definitely talk to your doc and be sure to let him know all the side effects you’re experiencing. a good doc will help you find something that will work for you 🙂 good luck!

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

In my experience, it takes a few months for my body to adjust to hormonal birth control. I go through some pretty big changes for the first month or two, emotionally…talk to your doctor but it may calm down, too. There are LOTS of other options, too–i’ve been on probably, oh, 6 different kinds of BC, and they all affect me differently.

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