How do I know whether I'm depressed, or if it's birth control?
October 21, 2009 2:16 PM Subscribe
I've started hormonal birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) for the first time, and am currently on my third day. I've heard/read of the accompanying depression and mood swings. When can I expect side effects, so that I can assess myself and decide whether or not to continue with the pill? What sort of red flags should I look out for, in case I don't realize I'm being depressive, mood-swingy, or sans sex drive?
posted by Xere to health & fitness (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A year's supply of birth control was free, and I consider this much more economical than a $400 abortion. I'm trying to be careful and responsible, by using both condoms and birth control.
The women in my family are either bipolar or depressed (and I'm fairly sure that none of them are on the pill, or ever have been) So far, I'm the only one who hasn't shown any signs of it. I am determined not to become like them.
I intend to quit the pill the moment I find out it's turning me into a depressive. How can I keep an eye out for this, and know whether it's just me having a bad day, or if it's birth control-related? I don't have the option of asking someone else to monitor and assess my moods, because I don't see any one person on a daily basis.
Also: there are three different kinds of active pills in each pack. Could I test out one kind per day, and see how each different kind affects my moods? Seems risky - is it? Or do I have to wait out a month or three, or just wait and see if my moods start to turn?