Patient: Hello, I have been taking the pill Loestrin20 for a month now, I am suffering from serious mood swings, anxiety, crying for no reason. I used to take it two years ago with no side affects whatsoever. I am reluctant to come off it as I have only been on it one month but I don’t know if myself or my boyfriend can handle these side effects for much longer. It is affecting my work and my relationship. Could you please advise? Thanks
Doctor: In general OCP’s can lead to mood swings and mood changes. This is usually due to the progesterone component in the medi cation. You could keep trying the pill for another one month and the side effects would tend to decrease however since your personal life is getting affected by this I advice that you change to another OCP which has a higher estrogen level and a slightly lower progesterone component and will act in the same way as loestrin. Consult your GP for a change in OCP medication. All the best.