I started birth control (Apri) about 10 months ago because of horrible PMS symptoms. The worst part are the mood swings that start about a week before my period, and then once it starts I get really bad cramps and nausea. I was told that it can take several months to know if the birth control will change anything, so I've stuck with it. It immediately (even on the first month of taking it) caused me to get my period at the same time on the same day, which was really convenient. But other than that I don't think it's done anything. I suppose it's good I didn't have any bad side effects, but my moods are still bad, which is the thing I wanted most to alleviate. However, with my past 2 periods I have not been getting as bad of cramps and nausea. But, I have been eating healthier and exercising a little more, so it may be from that.
My question is: is it worth it to switch birth controls? I really want to because the main reason I went on the pill was for the emotional symptoms--the physical symptoms were bad, but midol can clear them up somewhat and they don't affect my life nearly to the same extent that my moods do. I just get so low at times I feel like someone shot me with a tranquilizer. I feel like I act weird, I cry about everything, and sometimes I get so antsy I can't sit still. I feel like I can't really interact with others normally. I also play a sport competitively and the mood swings make me hate the sport--I can't feel any adrenaline, I can't care, and I can't win. It's just a 180 from how I am normally and I can't stand not being able to perform well.
Is it possible for me to find a pill that will help my moods? Has anyone here had any success (and with what pill)? I just remember hearing from a doctor that birth control may not necessarily help with one's pms, you just hope that it does and that there are no bad side effects. But if there's a chance that another pill could help my moods I want to try it.