I struggled for months trying to find a birth control pill that was right for me (tried three different brands for three months each, each one either caused severe weight gain, cystic acne, or mood swings), and finally decided to try a Liletta IUD. I had it inserted a week ago and have since had splitting headaches everyday and severe mood swings. I contacted my pharmacist and he said the headaches should resolve themselves over time, but I haven't had an answer to the mood swings yet. I took Liletta specifically so that the hormones would stay concentrated in my uterus and not affect my mood, but I'm so so so frustrated lately and easy to trigger. I've also been crying a lot. Does anyone know if these mood symptoms tend to subside? And if they do, how long it will take? :,(
Even though it's an intrauterine device, some of the hormone is absorbed through the uterine wall into the blood stream so you will get systemic effects, especially for the first 2--4 weeks or so. If excessive side effects are still bad after the first month, then you may want to try a non-hormonal birth control. There are some people that have more side effects from non-natural hormones than others.
I cannot really answer your question but here is my story. When I start my next period, whenever that is... very irregular, I will also be trying my 3rd trial of pills. The other 2 have made my depression worse & antidepressants don't work for me. All hormonal IUD do release hormones into your bloodstream even though it is in smaller amounts. If my 3rd trial of pills have a negative effect my Gyno then wants me to try Skyla IUD, which is basically what you have but slightly smaller dosage of levonestrogel. Unfortunately I've heard of many people having the same problem with iud's as they have pills... I wish you the best of luck. I wish there was an easy answer. I would call your doctor and ask if you're stuck with the mood swings, chances are they will tell you to wait 3 months to see if you feel any better :/
- Liletta Information for Consumers
- Liletta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Liletta (detailed)
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