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For about 3 years, I have been on Zoloft for depression, and within the past year, Strattera ( a non amphtamine ADD medication), and a small dose of Adavant (Valium like sedative, contradicts on edge feeling caused by Zoloft). I always take my meds within an hour of waking up.

Just lately, I was on the birth control patch, and it didn't work out for me. Very inconvienent. I know I can't take the pill, because without my mother's help, I won't remember (and I don't want her to know). The gynocologist I was examined by, within minutes of reading my information, declared that she would never put me on Depo, which I had requested, because of my on going (but up hill) battle with depression.

Now, I still haven't gotten the idea of Depo out of my head. The ease of a shot appeals to me. So I did some research and found Lunelle, but I have a few questions I can't find the answers to:

Is Depo a shot using only one hormone? I see it referred to as only one, or on progesterone. Then, Lunelle is a combined hormone treatment, right? Does the addition of estrogen cut down on the depression side effect? Are the side effects of Lunelle, being combined, the same as the pill or patch? If so, would Lunelle be a better birth control option for me? And finally, how does my menstrual cycle work with Lunelle? Was it like the patch or pill, where the 4th week (presumable when the shot is wearing off) is when I'd get my period? I would have to use another form of protection that week, right?

I'm planning on asking my doctor the same questions, but since it takes a month for an exam to open up, I'll be waiting for a while, and I'm pretty impatient.

Oh, and one more thing I noticed...even if I add all the numbers up, a year's treatment of Lunelle is still much cheaper than a year's treatment of Depo. What's up with that?

Thanks so much, guys!

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I would actually agree with your GYN's assessment.

ANY hormonal birth control isn't a good idea when you have severe depression, and no, estrogen won't help, it's also a depressive, essentially.

The lone exception are progestin-based IUDs. IUDs aren't usually suggested for younger women, but they are often suggested as an option for those who can't take other hormonal methods, and they don't contain estrogen.

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Lunelle is no longer on the market...
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(That's not actually so. Only one form of injection was recalled, another remains, though some areas and clinics are not carrying it at all at this particular time.)
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All methods of hormonal BC protect you all the time provided you take them as directed. The course of pills/patches prevents ovulation, so you are protected for the whole cycle.

The other alternative you could consider is relying on non-hormonal BC. Condoms are about 97% effective if used correctly, and you can take emergency contraception if you have a breakage/slippage of a condom. Another possibility is using condoms with the diaphragm or cap as a back up if you want double protection against pregnancy. This would be an especially good option if you/your are not very practised with condoms.

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