Birth Control: Does it get better?
December 12, 2011 7:17 PM Subscribe
Is the moodiness caused by birth control something I should power through, or is it time to call it quits on this brand?
posted by macrowave to health & fitness (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been on Seasonique for about 4 1/2 weeks now for medical reasons. I've been put on the pill to regulate my periods and am basically stuck on it in one form or another for good. For the first few weeks, I was incredibly exhausted (as in I found it nearly impossible to pull myself together to do anything other than work and essential errands). Now that my energy has sort of come back, I've been having fits of anxiety and insomnia. I feel overly sensitive to light, noise, and bad smells for weird blips of time, and I've been having concentrated fits of frustration and worry that are caused by really insubstantial "problems". Not being able to find a ponytail holder yesterday wasn't unlike the end of the world. Having a song stuck in my head this morning made me feel strange and worthless and outwordly annoying. I know that having a song stuck in my head is totally normal, but I was afraid that I would accidentally start singing "What About Love?" by Heart under my breath and my co-workers would figure out that I've finally lost it for good. I know that this anxiousness is all in my head, but I can't seem to make it go away. Waking up at 4 am is the worst as my mind concocts the strangest things to fret about until the sun comes up (data entry errors, embarrassing crap I said when I was a teenager, someday my cat will get too old and die and so will I, etc). In short, I can't stop cussing at myself and concocting troublesome mental nonsense.
Should I call my doctor and attempt to switch pills this early in the game? The only reason I'm having my doubts is because the fatigue part is starting to wear off, so I'm wondering if the anxiety part may eventually calm down as well. I have a hunch that all hormonal birth controls are going to be a pain, so I figure I may as well keep trying this one. The infrequent periods thing is why the doctor chose Seasonique, so I'm thinking I should stick it out. But it's basically Satanic.
My other thought is to call my doctor and ask for something to deal with the anxiety. Is that a weird thing to do? She's an OBGYN, and I don't currently have a general care physician. Is it normal to call a lady doctor and ask for Xanax and/or mild sleeping pills? Or is there something else I should be asking for?
I can be a rather high strung person at times, but I usually tend to thrive as long as I can stay busy. I can sort of feel myself sinking because of all this, and I don't want to start sucking at my job or drive my fiance crazy.
Is this normal?!