Birth control pill without the mood swings?
January 4, 2012 12:03 PM Subscribe
Birth Control Filter: I am have been taking the pill and getting really bad mood swings. I have an appointment with my GP to discuss changing the type of pill that I take. I’m looking for advice on what to ask for.
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I have been taking Microgynon 30 ED for the past nine months. I have been getting really bad mood swings, specifically crying a lot. These are always worse the week right before and the week right after the placebo week - I’m actually fine when I’m having my withdrawal period, whereas when I wasn’t on the pill I would get mood swings when I was actually on my period.
These mood swings weren’t too bad at first but they have been a lot worse the past three-four months, which corresponds with a general increase in my anxiety and a generally low mood. Before anyone says ‘therapy’, firstly I don’t think that is the answer to everything. Also I’m in the UK and broke, so I can’t just pick a therapist out of the phonebook. But I have asked my GP for a referral to a psychiatrist, which I have had mixed success with in the past. I’ve been told this psych referral may take up to six months, so in the meantime I’m trying to take some steps myself to improve things. I’ve quit caffeine and started exercising more, both of which have helped in the past and are started to help me now, but only with my general stress levels, not with these mood swings. So I view changing my pill as another way of improving the situation.
I am mainly interested in looking at changing the type of pill rather than other methods of contraception. I am really not keen on any kind of IUD.
What I like about the pill I’m currently taking is how regular it is and how light my periods are - I’ve gone from 5+ days of heavy bleeding on an irregular timescale to 2-3 days of light bleeding like clockwork. That is really important to me as I hate having my period, so I don’t want something which is likely to cause irregular bleeding or breakthrough bleeding.
Another consideration is avoiding side effects like weight gain, as I am already overweight - which the doctor commented on when I was first prescribed the pill. I haven’t had any problems with the pill I’m currently taking, but I’ve heard conflicting reports of weight gain with the pill.
When I was first prescribed the pill I didn’t have any say in what one I was given, other than asking for one with a placebo week – this is unusual in the UK and which the GP was a bit insulting about, but I knew it would be easier for me to remember to take it if it was every day. So what kind of things should I be saying to my doctor and what should I be looking for in a different pill?