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Ok, so I have struggled with depression off and on and have been on SSRIs about 4 times in my life now for about a year at a time. I always wean off because I get the flat affect and I want to feel again. Any way. I weaned off last summer. Even though I tapered I still got those horrible brain zaps for a couple months. I started exercising daily, and I felt really good except for my period troubles.

 

I started BCP and I am on my 5th pack. At first I thought it was awesome. I dont even get a period on BCP, and before that my periods were getting so bad. Soaking a super plus tampon in 2-3 hours with severe cramps, and it would last about 7-8 days. A few days before my period I would get debilitating depression, and I would be super sensitive and cry about everything. When I first started BCP I would feel a little sad on the placebo week, but not as bad as the PMS I was having. Over the last few months, I have been getting very moody, angry, and sad. It cycles through out the day now. I feel OK, then I despair, then I feel ok, then I almost feel suicidal, like there is no point, and it goes on. I randomly sob. I have thought about going off the pill, but the bleeding and cramps are terrible. I have thought of going back on SSRIs but it seems stupid to do so, just to take the BCP. As of now, I have this constant background anxiety/sadness. Its hard to smile, and I am faking most of the time. And now the emotional issues are starting to affect my marriage.

 

I just wish I could be ok.


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I don't have advice about the BCP, but you perfectly described how my periods are.  The anxiety, depression, and heavy bleeding are what bother me the most.

 

I do know my sister was on Yaz and it was scary!  Her new marriage almost fell apart because of it.  She was having extreme mood swings, from rage to sobbing in 3 seconds, I swear.  Not fun at all.


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I don't have advice about the BCP, but you perfectly described how my periods are.  The anxiety, depression, and heavy bleeding are what bother me the most.

 

I do know my sister was on Yaz and it was scary!  Her new marriage almost fell apart because of it.  She was having extreme mood swings, from rage to sobbing in 3 seconds, I swear.  Not fun at all.

 

I have tried some supplements (Cal-Mag, B vitamins) and herbs (vitex) to lighten them up, and help the PMS, but nothing really helps. I have also been vegan, and gluten free and different points in my life as well. After I went on BCP, I was talking to my mom and she said she had fibroids in her 30s, so maybe I do too.


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It's definitely possible for the BCP to cause things like this, though I would have expected it to start sooner after you began taking it.

 

Different BCPs have different hormone formulations and result in different side effects for different people. Maybe you could try switching to a different one.

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