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Depression caused by the birthcontrol pill?

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July 8th, 2010, 05:28 AM
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Does anyone have any experience with this?

A little back story:

I was on the regular pill (Lo-estrin) from the age of 14-21 without a break. I was pretty emotional and depressed on and off while on it, but really just thought that that's how I was, and it was just teenage hormones making me upset all the time.

I went off the pill at 21 and became very depressed and my personality changed drastically. This lasted for about 4 months, and then I came back to being normal.

I had a copper IUD inserted, and felt pretty good mentally for the next two years.

Unfortunatly the IUD caused a lot of pain, heavy periods, and yeast infections during the last 6 months, so I had it removed and had my doctor put me on a mini-pill containing just progestin.

I've been on it one month and I am already notcing that my emotions are a mess. I get upset easily, I feel like im losing interest in a lot of things, I hate getting up to go to work in the morning, and it's causing me and DH to fight because I'm upset over just about everything.

I'm wondering if it's likely that the pill is causing me to become depressed, or if I'm just looking for a way to not be on it (honestly, I am scared to be on hormones and I hate how they affect my body in other ways too!).

If anyone has any experience with this, I'd love to hear it!
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July 11th, 2010, 11:05 AM
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I actually experienced something similar when I was on bc pills. I actually stopped taking them because I didn't feel quite right on them.
Like you, I felt down off and on and I didn't have any interest in anything. My emotions were a rollercoaster and it was stressing my relationship too.

IDK. I do totally agree with you about being a little nervous about taking hormones. I don't see how upsetting my body's natural occurances can be healthy. I was always scared that it'd end up making me infertile or something (I'm a total worrywart but when I got off the pills we couldn't get pregnant for 2 years! I was spazzing).

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July 12th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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I was so psycho on birth control pills. I had a very short fuse, I'd get raging mad over nothing, and I'd be weepy and depressed for weeks at a time. I thought I was bipolar for a while until I talked with a psychologist who suggested it might be the hormonal birth control I was using. I tried lo-estrin, ortho tri cyclen lo, and yaz. My obgyn kept telling me "well, we'll keep trying different kinds to see if that's better," but I got sick of changing things up and feeling even worse. I ended up looking for natural methods to avoid pregnancy, and found the Fertility Awareness Method to be the best option. It took some getting used to, but I really like it. I'm a lot nicer now.
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July 12th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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We're going with FAM now too actually. I had a serious talk with DH about how I couldn't handle trying any more hormonal ways of bc.

He actually went and researched by himself and came back very confident that it would be a good route for us to go.

I can't say I am glad other women have experienced this, but I am glad that there's someone out there who I can relate to!
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