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Mi
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I've been on the pill for about a year and half straight now. I'm kinda tired of having to remember to take a pill everyday at a certain time.

I started on the pill when I was a teenager up until I was 20-ish. Then I tried the depo provera shot. I only got it that first time. While I was on that I got REALLY depressed. Also my period stopped(expected) but I still had awful cramping on the week I should have gotten my period. Then I went off all hormonal birth control for a year to let my body even out after that. My period and body were still a little funky after that. Now I'm back on the pill.

I don't mind using condoms. But I want a back up birth control besides condoms. I do not want to have a child right now or anytime soon. I'm kinda leaning towards the implant. I'm just a little worried about depression and mood swings.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Mi,

Since the implant has to be inserted by a doctor, what do you think about making an appointment with a doctor so the two of you can explore all your options, keeping your history in mind. When you had the depression before, did you talk to a doctor about that to determine if it was from the shot or not? Sometimes, it's hard to tell, and yes, it's definitely not fun being depressed.

The implant would relieve you of having to remember your birth control every day. One implant is good for up to three years. The implant secretes the hormone progestin, which is also what the depo provera shot consists of. Before writing it off completely though, it would be a good idea to talk to an experienced sexual health provider.

If you'd like to take a look at the full range of birth control options available to you, you can take a look here.

Birth Control Bingo!

It's also worth noticing, since you mentioned condoms, that condoms are the only birth control method that also protects against STI transmission.

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Robin

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