Depression vs. IUD
December 15, 2013 1:41 PM Subscribe
I've been dealing with depression for years. I can't tell if it's worse because of my birth control. Help?
posted by themaskedwonder to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been dealing with some level of depression since I was 12 or 13 (I'm 25 now.) About two years ago, I went on oral bc and noticed the symptoms were much worse (particularly the week before my period - it was pretty awful.) Around that time, I began seeing a psychiatrist for the very first time, and he prescribed me lamictal, thinking I was bipolar II - but I was still on the oral BC.
A few months ago, I got off the BC and got a Mirena IUD inserted. I was told that, since the hormones are localized, I wouldn't experience the crazy imbalance and resulting symptoms that haunted me while on the pill. I preferred it because I liked the idea of having lighter periods and less cramping. But here I am, after a week of dizzying crying spells, angry tantrums, and feelings of sluggishness and exhaustion. I'm also off the lamictal because I'm not sure it ever worked for me.
Sigh. I guess I'm just not sure what to do. The week to week-and-a-half before my period, like clockwork, I'm a mess. Every month. Even now, on the IUD! I work a very high-energy creative job and I'm barely keeping it together right now. I can't go on like this, but I'm not quite sure of the best way to go about figuring this out. I honestly can't tell if I'm depressed because of the birth control, or if it's just me.
Should I stay on the Mirena until my symptoms even out, since it's only been a few months? Should I go to the doctor and try to get a prescription for an anti-depressant instead of the mood stabilizer I was on, until I can get my birth control switched out? Should I get on the paraguard first, and then try an antidepressant? There's too many factors involved for me to know what steps I should take in which order. I'm sure some of you lady mefites have dealt with a situation like this before - did you get off the birth control, change your medication, or do a combination of both until you figured out what the real culprit was?