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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