(Closed) Depression and birthcontrol

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@urchin:  First of all, hugs.  This is such a tough situation and I totally feel for you.

I used to be on the BC pill (orthotricyclen) in my early-to-mid 20s and it did make me an emotional mess.  I wouldn’t call it depression but…like I would watch long-distance phone commercials and I would start to cry.  I would also totally overreact to things and I was super sensitive.  That hyper-emotionalism went away when I got off the BC pill.  I swore I would never go back on hormonal BC.

But now I’m on the NuvaRing.  My emotions have been WAY more manageable.  I will say the NuvaRing is an interesting form of BC – it’s easy to put in, I don’t have to worry about taking pills, and I can never feel it.  But sometimes it slips out during sex and my periods have been kind of weird.  One month I just had spotting and no actual period.  The day that my period arrives is always a mystery.  I start spotting as soon as I take it out but then my period could start the next day or next week.  But overall, it’s been a good choice for me, especially b/c of how wary I am of hormonal BC.

Also, to get to the heart of your question, I do NOT feel hyper-emotional on NuvaRing.  I guess it has lower doses of hormones b/c it’s going into your bloodstream all day vs. a pill which has one big dosage in it.  I am not sure if that is what makes a difference, but I know that my moods have been WAY more manageable on NuvaRing.

My unqualified, non-medical suggestion is to try it for 3 months.  That’s what my doc said when I was unsure about NuvaRing.  If you find that you can’t handle it, at least you can easily take it out and try something else.

Good luck.  

Post # 4
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5480 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have never had any kind of issue on any kind of hormonal birth control, and I’ve never used NuvaRing, so I’m not sure if I can offer any advice… but could you (or would your DH be willing to) use condoms instead of hormones?  DH & I used condoms and charting to successfully avoid pregnancy for about 8 months until we were ready to TTC.  There’s always Plan B if a condom breaks or something.

Post # 6
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9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@urchin:  What about doing NFP along with condoms?  I really liked using NFP and my body was happy to be off the hormones.  I have to agree that I tend to be a little neurotic on the Pill myself.  Get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility and read up to see if it’s something you could do.

The Nuva Ring gave me horrible yeast infections so I can’t recommend it.  I really liked Alesse but my insurance didn’t cover it so I ended up on Mircette/Kariva.  I like it okay but I can tell a difference in my moods while on the Pill.

Post # 7
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5480 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@urchin:  My cousin has a latex allergy and uses lambskin condoms… not sure if that affects yeast or not.  Could you do another non-hormonal barrier, like a diaphragm?

Eeesh lady, I hope the ring works, you and contraceptives obviously do NOT get along!

Post # 10
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7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@urchin:  Sorry you went through all of that! I had the exact same experience with the copper IUD – it gave me infections and constant bleeding for the almost year I had it in. I would recommend trying something with low estrogen or none at all. Options for this would be orthtricyclen-low (the low is specific for the low estrogen dose) or the progesterone-only shot. I believe you can also get either a low estrogen or no estrogen arm implant now that lasts for 3 months. I think the high amounts of estrogen in your oral BC could have caused the severe mood swings. What kind of BC were you on before? 

PS – I have no experience with the Nuvaring, so I can’t comment on that at all! I hope you find an option that works for you! There are so many things on the market it really can take some time and a lot of effort to find something that works right for your particular body chemistry – I had to go through the same thing myself!

Post # 11
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ugh, I’m sorry you are going through this 🙁 as a fellow depression sufferer I feel your pain! Its funny, I’ve had 2 episodes of really bad depression in the past 7 years and both of which happened after I skipped a period while on BCPs, wonder if its related.

The question I have for you is, are you on any type of antidepressant currently? If you even go on a low dose of a SSRI, SNRI, etc it might help with the depression/mood swings!

 

Post # 12
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12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@urchin:  The pill game me psycho mood swings, too! And I also struggled with depression.

I found that the NuvaRing helped my depression by leaps and bounds! When I went off the ring to TTC I was a COMPLETE psycho for about a month! It DEFINITELY helped me manage it!

Post # 13
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526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@urchin:  You’re welcome, and best of luck.  If you ever have any questions, feel free to PM me!

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