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7/25/12 3:05 A

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I've never had my endocrine system tested, actually, so I have no idea what my hormones are doing! Would it just be a simple blood test? I would be interested in trying something like that, so maybe the doctor can find the right balance of hormones for me.

I'm just afraid of anti-depressants because I know that when my body is just itself, I don't need anything, because I'm naturally a pretty happy person. I don't like the idea that because of one medication, I might have to take others with it, especially such intrusive medications, like anti-depressants.

I'm just happy being me and I don't want a pill (or multiple pills) to change who I am. Does that make sense?

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7/24/12 7:08 P

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The depression might have nothing to do with any of the BCP that you are on and everything to do with your endrocrome system and how its responding to being corrected via the use of BCP - have you had things tested to see where your system is in terms of balance without being on anything what so ever? Knowing where you are low might help find the right treatment for your imbalance and yes it might be that one of the forms of antidepressants might be what is needed in combination with a BCP that does the right trick for you - we're all different in how things work with out systems that you can not rule out one thing just because its not looked upon as great or the like.

I was on Depo Provera for 5 years and loved it, but my body didn't love it and I was not as stable while on it as I could have been - big time mood swings but I knew it was the drug that was the cause so I just stuck it out and went with it refusing to let things get worse until I had no choice but to get off of it and let nature takes its course, I'm now in menopause and wish I could say my battle with PCOS is over but its not I'll be battling it for as long as I live.

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JENNWIN123's Photo JENNWIN123 Posts: 11
7/24/12 4:55 P

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Thanks, Misha! I will look into yaz, that might be a good option. I was also thinking of maybe a progestin only BCP? Or an IUD? Looks like I have a lot of research ahead of me. :P

I was thinking of taking Vitamin D! My dad takes it because he was deficient and was exhausted all the time, despite sleeping full nights sleep. I have problems with energy too, and although working out has helped, I am sure things could be better. Another thing to talk to the doctor about!

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7/24/12 8:57 A

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As much as I wish I can recommend something that will make it all go away, I can't. I can only tell you way worked for me, but my situation is vastily different.

I was always the opposite of you. I was diagnosed with depression in the 8th grade and quickly but on multiple different antidepressants. It was until I had an especially bad bout in 10th grade and ended up in an short term (and in my case, just daily) hospital to "deal with things." Before then I had no symptoms of PCOS or IR. I was given a drug that really messed me up, and turns out, was given to me for off label use. Since then I have had issues with my birth control. The only birth control I have ever been on was one of the Yaz, Yasmine, or one of the generics. As I went in only a short few month after getting off of this pill, plus I was on several others, I can only assume that they took into account my major depression.

I was also told generic Yaz is one of the best BCP (birth control pills) for PCOS because it works differently.

You best bet is to talk with your gynecologist, let her know you have PCOS and get depressed/have issues when on most birth control pills.

Good luck and I hope everything works out for! Good luck in NY and grad school!

PS. I finally got off all those anti-depression meds and feel better off than on. The only thing I take is a Vitamin D, generic Yaz and Metformin!

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7/24/12 5:35 A

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Hey everyone!

I was diagnosed with PCOS 4 years ago, and have been on three different birth controls in that time. Every time I have used birth control, I have had major problems with depression.

The first type of birth control I took (Lutera, daily oral pill) caused depression that I at first confused with relationship troubles- my then-boyfriend and I were fighting really frequently and we eventually broke up, all while I was on that pill. As soon as I stopped taking that pill, I felt immediately better in a week and I realized that the relationship we had wasn't healthy and that I was better off without him.

The second birth control I took (nuvaring) had me seriously considering dropping out of school. Anyone who knows me knows that I love school and want to be a student forever. During this time, a bad grade would bring me to tears, and I cried in my advisor's office (another thing I wouldn't normally do), I was so upset over school. After I stopped using nuvaring my grades improved immensely and all was fine.

My last birth control (Velivet, another daily oral pill) left me feeling listless and unmotivated- a really bad feeling when you are trying to write your thesis, which just happens to determine whether you graduate or not. Like I said before, I love school and I love research, and this birth control left me hating both. After I stopping taking velivet I was able to finish my thesis, although I resented it at that point, and I did graduate this past May (YAY).

I have been seeing a therapist regularly for about 3 years now, and she was always my lifeline through these birth control fiascos. Unfortunately, I'm moving to NY for grad school in August and I am going to have to find a new therapist, but we both agreed that the answer to my problems isn't taking an anti-depressant, it's finding birth control that doesn't cause depression!

So anyway, I know this is a ridiculously long post, but I was just wondering if any of you had any suggestions of birth control to try out. I will be seeing a new gynecologist soon and I will be explaining all of this to him, but I think it would be helpful if I also went in to the appointment with some possibilities to discuss with him. What do you all think? And thanks in advance for your help! I really appreciate it! :)

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