Does birth control make you moody? Here, we look at hormonal birth control, and whether it can make you feel better or worse emotionally.
The pill is a pretty incredible little invention.
But what about the side effects? Does birth control make you moody?
There isn’t a definitive yes or no here. Every body is different, and we all respond to medication in different ways.
Some studies have found that four to ten percent of women experience mood swings on oral birth control.
But other studies have found that hormonal contraceptives actually reduce symptoms of depression, including mood swings.
There are also other kinds of hormonal birth control, besides the pill.
The implant, the injection, the IUD and the vaginal ring, all affect your hormones.
And while a 2016 study concluded that any hormonal birth control method could contribute to depression, there hasn’t really been enough research for this to be conclusive.
So, knowing that this a bit of a gray area, let’s dive in deeper to a few of your questions:
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- Can birth control make you angry?
- Can birth control make you tired and moody?
- Will mood swings from birth control go away?
- Is there a connection between birth control and depression?
- What is the best birth control for mood stability?
- When should you talk to your doctor about mood swings on birth control?
Can birth control make you angry?
Some women report feeling depressed, anxious and, yes, angry on hormonal birth control.
But these symptoms aren’t super common.
They don’t even make the list of potential side effects.
Can birth control make you tired and moody?
Fatigue is quite a common side effect, and can depend on the level of hormones in the contraceptive you’re taking.
Some women also feel moody, but it can be difficult to tell if this is only caused by birth control or if there are other factors.
Will mood swings from birth control go away?
It usually takes about two to three months for your body to adjust to being on the pill, and it’s possible that you’ll feel better after that.
But if your mood swings don’t go away, speak to your doctor.
There are other non-hormonal options you can try.
Is there a connection between birth control and depression?
It’s not always easy to tell.
The Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles found that, of the 658 women who took part:
- 16.3% felt that their mood worsened on birth control.
- 12.3% experienced an improvement in their mood.
- 71.4% had no change to their mood at all.
There’s some evidence that the risk of feeling depressed on birth control is higher if you have a history of depression.
But this shouldn’t be a reason not to take it.
The World Health Organization has no restrictions on using any type of birth control if you have experienced depression before.
You probably won’t know for sure how it’s going to make you feel until you start taking it.
When you do begin, track your emotional response.
This can help you to understand its effects on you.
Having a record can also be useful if you want some advice from a doctor down the line.
And here’s the plot twist.
If you feel depressed, angry, confused or irritable before or during your period, hormonal birth control might be able to help you.
What is the best birth control for mood stability?
If you’re looking for an option that may help with mood, try using a combination birth control pill.
(Yaz and Beyaz are the only birth control pills that have currently been approved to treat PMDD.)
Monophasic birth control pills (pills that have the same amount of hormones in every pill) can also help to keep your moods in check, as can the hormonal IUD and the hormonal contraceptive injection.
When should you talk to your doctor about mood swings on birth control?
If you’re worried about the effect of birth control on your mental health, chat to your doctor before you start taking the pill or another form of hormonal contraceptive.
They’ll be able to advise you which one you should take.
And if you’re already taking birth control and experience mood swings, some lifestyle changes may help, like exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.
But if you are really struggling, it’s important to reach out. There are options available to you, from changing your current birth control prescription to treatment for mental health challenges.
The bottom line is, your mental health matters.
You don’t have to just battle through this alone. ❤️
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