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Breezy119
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I have been on Orthro Tri-Cyclen Lo for about 2 1/2 months now, and have tried several different birth controls already. So far, this one seems to work best for me; I have less spotting than the others, it has made my periods much lighter and cramps aren't as severe, and I haven't been gaining much weight on this one compared to others I've tried. However, I have felt a lot more depressed lately and self concious. I have always been an emotional person, but lately I have been crying much more and uncontrollably. I haven't even known why I was crying but yet couldn't stop. I feel much more uncomfortable with my body all the sudden, and everything seems to trigger a meltdown of crying. And when I'm not crying, a lot of the time I just feel emotionless, if that makes sense, or like I'm just empty. I know that since the pill is a hormone, it can obviously alter my emotions and stuff, but where should you draw the line and talk to your gyno, or switch BC? I really don't want to have to try another one again, this is already my 4th attempt at a good BC for my body. How long should I wait and get accustomed to this hormone, before I talk to my doctor?
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Heather
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Have you had problems with depression before taking the pill?

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Breezy119
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Some. Not as severe as it is now, and not recently. I had a really bad bout of depression a couple years ago but hadn't had much of a problem with it since. That's another one of my hesitations in talking with my doctor, because depression runs in our family and I've suffered from it before, but not recently.
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Heather
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Often, hormonal BC isn't a good fit for people who have history with or ongoing chemical depression.

So, if you have tried a bunch of pills, and had depression issues with all of them? I'd say it may be time to look into nonhormonal methods.

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Breezy119
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What are some examples of nonhormonal options? We use condoms most of the time, but I just don't feel comfortable using those as our only protection.
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Heather
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Well, you can look at our birth control chart here:Margaret Sanger’s Disneyland: An easy chart of your birth control options.

If your periods are regular, you can combine condom use with charting, so that you abstain from intercourse entire during fertile times, and then use condoms the rest of the time.

You can also pair condoms with a diaphragm, cervical cap or Lea's Shield. The latter doesn't even require a fitting: you can order it online.

(Gee, adding the link the first time sure what have been helpful. Sorry about that!)

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