Patient :I have been using the same birth control for a year or so but the past few months I've felt that the pill is causing me to experience mood swings/depression. Is it possible for my body to react differently from the same medicine? Can my hormones change like this?
Thanks for the query.
When you are on the birth control pills, the side effects may come anytime. Nausea, vomiting, headache, irritability, giddiness, etc are initial symptoms. Acne, weight gain, fluid retention, etc develop a little later. Depression and mood swings can develop after quite some time, say a few months later.
We will have to rule out all other causes of depression and only then attribute it to the pill as a side effect. You could still continue the pill if you can cope up with the mental changes. You will need to consult a psychiatrist to help you with it and teach you behavioural and lifestyle techniques.
In case it is worrisome, you will have to see your gynecologist and stop the pill. The doctor may have to prescribe another alternative pill with a different combination.
Meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercise Will help you.
Hope this helps
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