neither pregnancy or emotional instability appeal to me!
September 24, 2011 9:27 AM Subscribe
The idea of going on the pill freaks me out-- am I being reasonable, metafilter?
posted by geegollygosh to Health & Fitness (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 23, I've never used anything besides condoms for birth control. I know you're not my doctor, and I understand that different kinds of oral contraceptives affect different people in different ways. But, I need help putting this in perspective.
I've always meant to start birth control, and recently I started having sex with someone I've been dating, which has really pushed it back into the front of my mind. Mainly because I'm absolutely terrified by the prospect of getting pregnant, and relying only on condoms makes me nervous (perhaps wrongly?).
But, the possible psychological/emotional side effects really freak me out. While I've never seen any kind of professional about it and most of the year I'm really optimistic and happy, I would say that I have had some problems with mild depression in the past (almost always in the winter), and I have some pretty bad mood swings and weepy, depressed days during my period. Both winter depression and pms depression always take me by surprise and the lack of control I have over my emotions during them honestly kind of scare me, so the thought of having hormonal mood side effects for months as I try to shop around for different pills and adjust to them makes me really nervous. I'm also not sure whether these things would piggy-back-- (i.e. if I generally get seasonal depression in the winter, would starting hormonal birth control on top of that potentially make it much worse and would I be better off waiting until the spring.)
To add to this, I just moved cross country to a new city and started a new job, and for purposes of making new friends and impressing new employer and getting my life together, I'd really like to be as emotionally stable as possible over the next few months. (This also means that I don't have a gyno that I already know in the area.)
So yeah, I understand that no one knows for sure, but I'd just like to hear about people's experiences and be directed to other sources that could help me think this through and decide whether I'm blowing the possibility of mood side effects out of proportion, or whether I should just stick with condoms at least until I get settled in here and the winter stops looming.
oh, and I'm pretty poor with crap health insurance, so I think an iud is off the table (right?).