annika. (roadwaffle) wrote in vaginapagina,

HBC and emotions

Hello, community. I have a question about hormonal birth control and it's effects on ones emotions. I did look through the "Hormonal Birth Control (HBC)" tag, but didn't notice a discussion on this topic.

I am 27 years old and have been on birth control for almost three years now. I started out with the Ortho Evra patch, but as I started having irregular bleeding, I was switched to pills (Ammily) which are stronger than the patch. For a while now I have felt that I am no longer in control of my emotional state. My emotions seem to go in a sort of cycle where I start worrying about something trivial, like not being worthy of my boyfriend or just not being good enough as a person. I turn moody and anxious until it all boils over and I break down crying. During these times, I understand that all my negative throughout are in fact not true and that freaking out, the way I do, is pointless, but at the same time I am unable to control myself or stop. I feel that it is starting to mess with my daily life and with the relationship between me and my boyfriend. I haven't really noticed any changes in my libido or health otherwise.

As I have had problems in my past with anxiety and depression, I can't be sure if it is the pill messing with my head or if I really am this emotionally unstable. However I do have the feeling that things slowly started getting worse when I was switched to the pill last August (2013).

I have been thinking of going off the pill to see if things would return to normal, but is it really that simple? I am also a bit paranoid and scared to try it. First of all, there is the pregnancy scare and secondly, my period used to be very irregular before birth control, so I am afraid it will become like that again.

Does anyone have any experience with birth control messing with their emotional state or causing anxiety/depression? I am going to discuss this with my family doctor next week as well, but I would really appreciate some opinions on this matter. Crudely put, is it truly possible that birth control could mess with your head or is that just an urban legend?
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