A place to discuss birth control methods. Insider spoke to two gynecologists who say that this claim is largely unfounded. I don't even normally have depression off birth control. Or the Skyla IUD (lower dose than Mirena, almost everyone ovulates with it / basically works by changing the cervical mucus). A flaw in the study is that you can have depression and not be prescribed medications e.g. I'd recommend a standard strength monophasic pill (30-35mcg EE) plus either 250mcg norgestimate or up to 500mcg norethisterone. Has anyone with depression found a bc pill that doesn't send you into a spiraling abyss? Came here to say this. I wouldn't recommend Yasmin or any other pill containing an anti-androgen, because these are well-known to cause low mood/depression and low libido. Hi, My dermotologist suggested I go on birth control pills for adult acne vulgaris (nothing else has worked, and it's clearly hormonal). However, I have chronic depression, and I know oral contraceptives can exacerbate this. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Alot of suicidal thoughts and feelings. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the birthcontrol community. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the birthcontrol community. He has suggested Ortho-TriCyclin. Log In Sign Up. Yet birth control methods for women that are on the market today have similar reports of depression. The doctor prescribed me Lo loestrin Fe. I only cramp during ovulation and right before my period. But I like it, I don't notice any major side effects mood wise except some mild pms emotionalness about a week before the placebo pills. Some people claim that using an IUD causes or triggers depression, due to the progestin hormone. My mood is great now too! User account menu. The doctor prescribed me Lo loestrin Fe. Everyones hormones are different so it's hard to predict what will work for you. Press J to jump to the feed. Women who struggle with mental health problems will sometimes forgo the most effective forms of birth control because of concerns about worsening those issues, but a new study delivers a reassuring finding: the pill and other forms of hormonal birth control do not raise depression risk. But the cramps aren't excruciating as people tend to believe, it's pretty minor and manageable. I'm considering either the patch or the ring, but I would love to get Mirena again, but I'm petrified of having that experience again... but I'm also in a much better place and getting help for my depression as well. Depression and mood swings are commonly reported side effects of birth control pills. After being on hormonal birth control (lolo pill) for over 6 years I had become tired of having to be consistent with the pill everyday. The … I liked that the copper IUD was protective for years at a time and hormone free. Oxidative Stress and Depression . Got the copper one about 6 weeks ago and haven't had any issues with it besides slightly worse periods. Not sure how it affects depression but I haven't noticed an impact on my anxiety either way. Something that kind of helped me, though, is not taking breaks from the pill as my hormones are VERY imbalanced so during the break weeks I would go positively mad at first, a little less later, but overall the effect is noticeable, whereas nothing happens if I don't take a break. So, again, my point is- you kind of can't know. It's the best choice I've made and I'll go the tubal route once this is up in 9 years. What REALLY helped was a good doctor, a supportive family/friend group/partner, regular therapy sessions, and the right antidepressants. I had worse experiences when rapidly switching between brands trying to find one that worked for me. With this one, it just leaves me with a baseline feeling of hopelessness all the time. Though, your doctor was kind of on the right track but giving you an oestrogen-dominant pill after your negative experience on a very progestogen-dominant pill. Really, really bad. I never had any issues with depression until I got the Mirena, then I started feeling depressed/anxious most of the time. After the birth control depression risk study was released, experts cautioned patients not to hastily base contraceptive decisions on it. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. When I got my IUD, it mostly took away my cycle, so the extra depression I got with my period doesn't happen anymore. Now I have copper and i’ve never been happier with a birth control! I have switched to a pill called cilique and again it has little effect on depression, if any. Both my mom and my sister had ovarian cysts, my sister was hospitalized 5 times in 2 months for them before I mention it could be her IUD causing it! I started on birth control after I would get nauseous for two weeks out of every the month. A strong study on hormonal birth control and depression. I’m on gederal and it’s making me so bad. I have a copper IUD now and it's great! My period was heavy at first but now it's moderate. Every body is different. November 10, 2012 was the last time I felt that abnormal/irrational anxiety feeling. The research on depression and BC seems mixed. I switched from hormonal BC to Paragard and my anxiety has improved immensely. So, that’s a 0.5% greater chance. My sex drive has been great. Birth control. I need to have it taken out soon though because I have never been this depressed in my life. I found it hard to find many reviews online that weren't horror stories of excruciating pain upon insertion, cramping, and heavy bleeding for months on end. Some say it's a common side effect, some say that is yet to be substantiated, some say that's highly unlikely. In fact, women prescribed combination pills were 23% more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants. They're oestrogen-dominant and fairly "balanced" pills in terms of the potency of the progestogens, which seem to be causing you the trouble. IUD — or intrauterine device — is a long-acting, reversible form of birth control. I find I can still be moody but I can actually function now. Depression is well known to be what’s called multifactorial in nature,” he said. 2 years ago. I began taking birth control for the first time in May. I ended up having to take a break from hormonal bc for several months before starting the pills I'm on now. Can you specify what issues they had with the Copper IUD? Wow. Once she got it removed, she was done with cysts. Birth control. If you really aren't getting on with hormonal methods, consider a non-hormonal IUD. If you have a Paraguard (a copper IUD) in place, there is no way it can affect how you are feeling. The other problems that we see with birth control pills (problem #5,) and something I like to test for when working with woman who have Depression along with hormonal imbalances is something called Oxidative stress. If you think your contraception is making you anxious or depressed, you’re not imagining things. On the contrary, a 2013 study showed that hormonal birth control use may actually reduce depression among women, and other studies have pointed to the potential benefits that birth control may offer in terms of mood. In 2016 in a study of 1 million Dutch women, women on hormonal birth control (the pill, patch, ring, IUD with hormone, implant) had a 2.2% chance of being prescribed antidepressants vs 1.7% of those not on hormonal birth control. Con: Occasionally sex will be uncomfortable. It is hormone free and 99.2% effective. For some folks, it's not one pill that works all the way but a combo. Reddit; Pocket; Flipboard; Pinterest; Linkedin; Health news . Birth Control and Depression In the largest epidemiological study to date, researchers followed over one million women ages 15-34 for 13 years and found that women were more likely to be diagnosed with depression after being given the pill. However, another does meet the criteria to qualify as high-quality, and therefore believable. I've been on other birth controls and say this birth control worked best for me. My anxiety issues are far worse than depression, so it might not be the same as what you're experiencing. Yea. I'm on Skyla, for about 5 months. I've spoken to my doctor about this at length and she had been quite worried how I would react to these pills, but we've both been relieved to find I was mostly ok (emotionally, loestrin caused other issues). If you're still concerned, however, the non-hormonal IUD is a great option. Multiphasic. 5. I began taking birth control for the first time in May. I had depression with a hormonal IUD too. Just because some studies have found links between birth control and mental health issues, doesn't mean depression will be the fate of everyone on the Pill. With this one, it just leaves me with a baseline feeling of hopelessness all the time. I've had the Copper IUD going on 7 months now. The study of over a million Danish women over age 14, using hard data like diagnosis codes and prescription records, strongly suggests that there is an increased risk of depression associated with all types of hormonal contraception. So, I've always struggled with really nasty depression while on birth control, and on Mirena it was bad. 2. That has been fixed. so Ortho-Cyclen or Brevicon would be good matches. The downside to Paragard is that it may increase your menstrual flow but it's great for people who can't take hormonal birth control and it lasts up to 10 years but can be removed at any time by your doctor. It kind of sucks, in my opinion, but so far I've been sort of lucky. Researchers have been unable to prove or disprove a link. I was put on VIENVA 3 months ago and was nervous because of negative reviews. Birth control never affected my depression too strongly. 2. I don't take meds for my depression (mostly because I don't have access to mental healthcare), but this is how everything except Natazia had affected me. I felt waves of ups and downs throughout the day so i switched to Yazmin. If you really want to use hormonal methods, this website is helpful: http://www.fainamd.com/resources/Which+OCP+is+Best+Handout.pdf. I get heavier periods and cramp now but I'll gladly take it over hormonal changes. It hasn't helped it, but it's not made it worse. Anna. I haven't lost or gained weight. A person using birth control may experience mood changes. Can i ask what it took to help you feel normal again? I switched to microgestin after and its been amazing. Report Save. I haven't had headaches. I am not enjoying the pills too much, but the reason why I am telling you this is because I think it's extremely important to remember that we react to these pills VERY individually and what works for someone may not work for you (we took the same pill and I was fine, you weren't), and vice versa. Paragard releases copper to prevent pregnancy. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found a link between hormonal birth control use and an increased incidence of depression. Yaz sent me to the psych ward. I'd recommend trying it! Has anyone with depression found a bc pill that doesn't send you into a spiraling abyss? However after that I only had a couple more episodes! A recent study on a male contraceptive injection was discontinued after reports of depression. Your birth control is non-hormonal. Which pill would be least likely to cause depression? :). Really, really bad. SUMMARY: I quit birth control July 16, 2012 and had the 2 week-long episodes of extreme anxiety/depression. Share your stories with me about some options? level 1. Posted by 14 days ago. Most women know at least one or two other women who have had a bad reaction to the pill. It's a case of trial and error, if you're willing to give pills another chance. I took Lo loestrin Fe and it also made me crazy. I loved it, but unfortunately I lost my health insurance, and then I got Kaiser but they didn't carry it. Here’s what researchers know about the link between hormonal birth control and your emotions. Birth Control Study Has People Talking About Depression. Thank you in advance for all the help. The first month was pretty hard, but it's nothing compared to the crazy mood swings I got on the pill. However, I went on Nexplanon and felt like my mood has slightly improved since taking it. The only risk I was made aware of was that it could affect my potassium levels, but that routine blood tests would make sure I'm alright. This time 3 days long and not as severe. I've been off BC for almost 3 years now, and now I got a nice guy and all that stuff, so I need to start thinking about BC again. COPPER!!!!! Putting in another good word for the copper IUD. You also need to give a new pill at least 3 cycles if you can, because a lot can happen in that time. So, I've always struggled with really nasty depression while on birth control, and on Mirena it was bad. I'm horrible at remembering to take the pill. Usually mood issues disappear after a few months. In this type of combination birth control pill, the amounts of hormones in active pills vary. In this type of combination birth control pill, each active pill contains the same amounts of estrogen and progestin. I'm seriously considering (under the care of my dr!) Best birth control pill for acne and depression? “Birth control is one of the most commonly prescribed medications globally. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://www.fainamd.com/resources/Which+OCP+is+Best+Handout.pdf. I recommend the Paragard IUD! Maybe there is THE pill for you, maybe there are several that make you feel okay, maybe none of them work for you. Of course the improvement could be due to something unrelated, but anxiety/depression definitely hasn't gotten worse on it. I suffer from depression and anxiety and have so far tried two pills, one of which is the Loestrin- it made no difference for me depression wise and I stopped taking it for unrelated issues. Is anyone’s depression gotten seriously worse since going on the pill/ birth control. I was so depressed I tried to commit suicide. The birth control pills that contain levonorgestrel appear to have lower risks of side effects, such as venous thrombosis, than some of the other progestin options. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. I'd avoid progestogen-only methods. I've been on it one year. Good luck! It's partly how they work (reducing androgens). going off BC to see if the depression lifts, with the plan of going back on/trying a different pill if symptoms of POI return. Good luck, as always mention your concerns to your doctor too for more medically sound advice. Close . Don’t even waste your time or money trying out other hormonal options! Like, I'm so depressed and hopeless I didn't get out of bed today, and I cry at the littlest provocation. So, uhm. Birth control that uses synthetic hormones could influence a person’s mood, potentially triggering depression or … I'm having that same issue right now. But the evidence is mixed. Now I'm unemployed and have to use Planned Parenthood to get my birth control and they don't carry it either. This one sounds silly, but I have seen it. I have Paragard. I got really anxious and felt on edge all the time. I haven't found a bc yet that doesn't. I've been taking Spironolactone for years (for acne and oily skin) and sorta wish someone would have told me this. I had depression on sprintec(pill), skyla, and nexplanon! Mirena, nuvaring, and like 3 different pills (don't remember names, last one was tri-sprintec) all gave me severe depression and anxiety. Wow, i'm so sorry. Many women say birth control affects their mood. Problem #5 With Birth Control Pills Depression. Today it is January 7, 2013 and I feel completely fine. I would get very depressed around my period before birth control and now that basically doesn't happen. Most combination birth control pills contain 10 to 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol, a kind of estrogen. Since most people have never heard of oxidative stress as it related to Depression and … 3. share. Just because they had issues doesn't mean you will as well. For Birth Control: “I have been through the nightmare that is birth control for the last 2 years I have tried 6 different BC’s and had horrible side effects from all of them including bipolar depression, mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, loss of sex drive, horrible cramping. I can't say if it's correlation or causation for sure, but I feel much better being off hormones. I've tried almost everything, so many pills, Nuvaring, Mirena, and I now have the Nexplanon implant. I tried five or so hormonal birth control pills and I regretted every minute of them. I'm horrible at remembering to take the pill. It made me really snappy with people around me, and over all was a bad experience. Wellness blogger Jules Hunt (Om and The City) was on hormonal birth control for nine years. Evolutionary psychologist Sarah E. Hill explains what happens to your brain on birth control. I've felt no mood related side effects with this method. For this reason you really have to just power through and go through the trial and error of contraceptive pills until you find something that works if you think taking bc is worthwhile. I've been off BC for almost 3 years now, and now I got a nice guy and all that stuff, so I need to start thinking about BC again. I am also on antidepressants at the moment, but I wasn't the time of taking Loestrin and my bout of depression was unrelated and uneffected (timing). A place to discuss birth control methods. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I took one once called Natazia that gave me very little side effects. Side effects vary, but I have not noticed a change in personality or mentality as a result from taking BC. Thank you in advance for all the help. I felt waves of ups and downs throughout the day so i switched to Yazmin. Thank you so much for your reply... can i ask what happened exactly? I wouldn't recommend Yasmin or any other pill containing an anti-androgen, because these are well-known to cause low mood/depression and low libido. Honestly, I'll probably just stick to condoms when needed in the future, no birth control is worth feeling like this. edit: forgot to mention, lots of family members had issues with the copper IUD! Press J to jump to the feed. I'm on the minipill because nuvaring made my depression really intense. I have anxiety and depression and being on birth control has actually helped.
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