Birth control options for sad ladies
August 9, 2013 6:47 AM Subscribe
New relationship, long history of depression, looking for birth control advice.
posted by terretu to health & fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 24, UK-based and have a long (12 years) and well-documented history of severe depression & anxiety. Currently medicated (citalopram), not currently in therapy but I have a good relationship with a therapist who helped me get to a really good place earlier this year and whom I trust and plan to go back as soon as I feel the need.
After ending a mostly-sexless fifteen-month relationship with my ex a few months ago, I've recently started seeing someone new, and it's both absolutely lovely and really sexual. Subject to STD testing for both of us, I'd like to be in a position to have sex without condoms (not least because my new partner has some SSRI-related difficulty orgasming, and condoms don't help with this when we're having penetrative sex), but I have absolutely no idea what my best options for birth control are.
I haven't found any hard data on this from reading around the internet. I've read plenty of anecdotal horror stories about women both with and without a history of depression experiencing negative psychological side effects with hormonal birth control, but I've also heard that insertion of non-hormonal (and hormonal too) IUDs is very painful and can cause massive period changes. My periods are pretty good right now, and I'd rather not make them worse if I can help it. I'm not dead set against trying out either of these options, or something else entirely, but I'm very, very nervous of doing anything that's going to mess with my mental health - it's been a damn hard fight to get as stable as I am right now, and I'd prefer not to take any chances.
Does anyone have any advice/information/anecdata on what I should go for? YANMD, but I don't really trust the GP I see for my meds to take my concerns seriously, and I haven't had a massively good experience at the local sexual health clinic either - if I'm going to have a conversation with one or the other of them, I'd prefer to go into it with a pretty good idea of some decent options for me.
Thanks in advance!