Birth Control Options?

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   Posted 3/9/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that one of the side effects of the pill is depression.  I've been on it on and off in the past, but not in a while.  I would say that when I was on the pill, my moods were all over the place.  I was much more "moody" than I am now.  I'm now on 20 mg of celexa, which has worked wonders, helping me to retain balance and effectively cope with my depression.  But I'm wondering what birth control options have worked for other woman who are on antidepressants.  Any advice or suggestions are welcome!  (I've finally found a great guy, so I'm in a committed monogomous relationship in which we've been using condoms, but they're getting rather old, rather fast!)  Many thanks!  tongue      

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   Posted 3/9/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sad,

There are so many new methods of birth control now that I don't understand the most of them anymore, but I have heard of a new one that is suppose to help with pms, the problem is that I can't remember the name of it. But it has been advertised a lot on tv. I use to take ovral 28 and had very little pms and didn't get depressed with it. But that was so many years ago and with all the changes and new meds, I dont' even know if they make it any more.

Sorry that I wasn't much help. They even have ones for short periods now. LOL.

I hope that you can find what will help you.

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   Posted 3/9/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sad ,
I am using the Nuvaring which has about a 10th of the hormones the "pill" has and it helped me with PMS.
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   Posted 3/9/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a Mirena IUD for 5 years or so with no side effects. Every pill and the Nuvaring made me vomit and feel depressed. I think the difference for me is having the least amount of estrogen in my system possible. This has been the only birth control I could handle.

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   Posted 3/10/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! I used Ortho-cyclen but had irregular periods on that, mood swings and got pregnant while using it. Now I use Femcon and I really like it. Hope that helps! Good luck :-)

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   Posted 3/10/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the Implanon implant and it works wonders for me.

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   Posted 3/10/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all! I talked with a few of my girlfriends about what they use and it really runs the gamet. I've just never really been open with them about having depression and anxiety, so I am primarily concerned with finding something that works, but doesn't make me loopy! I have my annual in about two weeks and I'll talk with my doctor about what options I have. I really appreciate having a better understanding of what's out there and what works before I talk with her. So, thanks again! :)
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