I have a family history of mental illness. My mother has severe bipolar disorder, both siblings have severe mental illnesses as well. I'm the only one in a clean bill of health at 19. I'm actually a super happy energetic and positive person. I'm always excited about something, very upbeat and a pretty mellow person. I've been on birth control since I was 16. I was recently on Ashlyna for the past 2 years and loved it except for the crazy spotting for weeks if i was an hour late on the pill. I tried a combo pill once when I was 17 for a few weeks and i remember it made me depressed. I decided to try YAZ because I have many PMDD symptoms but it has made me SEVERELY depressed since I've started. It's only been 4 days but I'm so scared of what this is doing to me. All I do is cry and nothing I love makes me happy anymore. I'm fine in the morning before I take it, but after I do (around 11) I'm a complete mess by 3. Should I stop taking it?
I was on a similar birth control pill as Ashyla, it was Lutera. I was on it a year but had to stop because of depression which I do have without being on birth control pills. I had the best luck with that one. I also tried Yaz & Ortho Tri Cyclene, those two made me a complete depressed inconsolable mess & I had to stop mid cycle to slowly get my sanity back. I’m currently on a low dose antidepressant & hope to try lutera again soon. Unfortunately any hormonal birth control can cause extreme anxiety & depression, even if you didn’t have a problem before. Most docs will tell you to try it for 3 months... no way, personally I would stop taking it, although stopping mid cycle will mess up your periods for a month or two, but I’m so irregular I didn’t care, even my bones hurt on Yaz. My doc thought it would help my pmdd & it made life hell.
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