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Does Birth Control Make You Depressed?

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Hormonal contraceptives are linked with an increased risk of depression, but that's not necessarily a reason to get down in the dumps about birth control. Share this on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2dMv0lN Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/fQLH2 Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain.
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where can I find the study?
Tiny Freckle (22 days ago)
Been trying out different birth control to try and help my anxiety and depression. The combined one spiked my anxiety waaay high and I had to stop taking it and now I'm on the progesterone only one which seems to be helping my anxiety but worsening my depression. I just can't win lol
Souven Ir (4 months ago)
Immediately detected the crazy. The shirt confirmed it.
Mayuri Singh (5 months ago)
i miss your videos
annayermilov (9 months ago)
When I first started birth control (Ortho Cyclen) my mood became better. My anxiety levels dropped and I was stable. I have now been on it for almost a year and the last 4 months I have noticed an increase in my anxiety, mood swings like I never had before, and depression to the point of not wanting to get out of bed a few days out of the month. Not sure what to do at this point.
Lucy cos media (11 months ago)
IUDs are evil! Mine put me in A&E
Lucy cos media (11 months ago)
Yes it does... the nurses wouldn't up me on a type of birth control because I already had depression. All depends on which one type
Book Wizardry (1 year ago)
I'm so SO thankful I am not the only one who experienced an increase of anxiety on the pill. I had to go off them because I had one of the worst rebounds I've ever had while taking a low estrogen pill (the higher estrogen pill was giving me headaches). I'm now off the pill completely but it took me months to recover. Look, the anxiety may not have been caused by the pill but I'm wondering if it was the source. Thanks for your openness, ladies!
Hadia (1 year ago)
To all the men who think this is just some excuse for women to act shitty, IT'S NOT. Okay? Got it? With the amount of women complaining about this, it should be taken seriously. I am so so so so so so so so so so so so sick of being on this goddamn pill and having to pay for therapy because of it. The medical field needs to take some responsibility. But noooo. The world is run by men who think it's okay to prescribe something that will make a person go crazy and even end their life. And with the Copenhagen study they're still saying, "ohhhh MAYBE it causes depression." YOU HAVE THE RESULTS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES HOW CAN YOU NOT READ?????!!!!!!!! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.
asiian. shiit (1 year ago)
I was wondering if you have to take birth control. I know it isn't mandatory but it does help. Cause there are different options (I was planning on using spermicide, condoms and the pullout method btw never tried yet, not ashamed.) to do to prevent.pregnancy. I hope I got this question out right
flippytiger (1 year ago)
At least the pill can reduce period pain. Before I went on the pill my period pain was agony, but now I hardly ever get any period pain at all!
KarBearArt (1 year ago)
i took the pill for years when i was in high school/ middle school. i have severe depressoin when i was 14 but i dont think its related because im not on the pill anymore and still deal with depression. im trying to limit the amount of meds i take because im already on antidepressents so i decieded to stop taking the pill. but being on the pill was not fun because of all its annoying side afffects
Jo Moody (1 year ago)
I used it for a year and my.energy was gone
Robyn Baird (1 year ago)
last month I got my hormonal birth control taken out. I started to notice afterwards I was less emotional, anxious and depressed. I had these feelings throughout my life so thought it was me but now realise it was the iud. Even the people around me noticed the huge difference in my attitude.
Robert Hutchings (1 year ago)
It makes me laugh that you try to blame a woman's constant mood swings on birth control - they are caused by their hormones ! Don't use a pill and you will have mood swings AND unwanted pregnancy.... shut up and shape-up bitch - if you want bare-back sex then just use the pill and put up with it.... you can always get spayed !!!!! the purpose of sex is to produce the next generation and you are female so it is your place in life to carry them - YOU CANNOT HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT.... it's bad enough how you cunts castrate a man with your ideas.....
Hilary Stewart (1 year ago)
Yes, loser-dude- I made that stuff up. It's guys like you that give women mood swings. And if sex is just for procreation you'd get to have sex twice. I'm guessing you don't have to worry much about that...
Hilary Stewart (1 year ago)
The synthetic hormones in BC basically shut down your own hormones. Your natural hormones do a zillion things in your body and one of those things is to help maintain mood. Estrogen and serotonin are directly linked- low estrogen=low serotonin. Progesterone (the natural stuff not synthetic progestins) are linked with gaba which help keep your mood calm and stable. No progesterone= anxiety. Please check out Dr. Phyllis Bronson's book "Moods, Emotions & Aging: Hormones and the Mind Body Connection." Great book a woman of any age. Also see "The Period Repair Manual" by Lara Briden. Also "The Female Brain Gone Insane" by Mia Lundin and "The Mood Cure" by Julia Ross. These are amazing books! And yes, I'm a bit crazy:)
Rochelle MacDonald (1 year ago)
Women make different mate choices depending on whether they are on hormonal birth control or not. Perhaps this was a factor in the massive divorce rates of the 1970's-1990's?
Annie Trinity (1 year ago)
I didn't realize this was even a question. I went on progesterone-only birth control and that fucked with my mood so bad I ended up in an eating disorder clinic.
Kat McCloud (1 year ago)
80%?? That's absolutely ridiculous!! Young girls should NOT be put under that risk. I understand the other points, but jeez!!
Abigail Lieshout (1 year ago)
I have personally found that taking a combined hormonal birth control pill drastically helped my depression. I still have fairly bad anxiety, but depression is almost a non-issue for me now. My family has a history of hormonal depression, and finding the right hormone combination and dose for each person has seemed to help. Sometimes, however, if this isn't quite right it has made it worse. Really does depend on if your method and dose are right for your body.
hman630 (1 year ago)
Was wondering if you have a boyfriend  or husband   ? or girlfriend or wife? or if you even want one or the other? Your shirt  Property of no one    what does that mean?  if its just a shirt   cool.  but if your wearing it to make a statement  what is the statement?  does it mean you are not the property of any one  meaning you are single?   because just because a woman is in a relationship does not mean she is someone's property, or  does it mean you are in a relationship  but your no ones property? Anyway   love your take on life  and your vids.  . and I'm probably over thinking it    I do that  to much. Thanks for the videos.  I learn a lot about life  from your vids.
Julie Hogan (1 year ago)
This freaked out my mom when she found this study. I suffer from an anxiety disorder and have some depression that became slightly more severe when I changed birth controls. She wants me to talk to my doctor and ask if my birth control could have something to do with it. This video made me more willing to take her advice and talk with my doctor about this the next time I see her. Thanks Kristin
Kale Ling (1 year ago)
I am a trans guy and ever since I have watched YouTuber Hannah Witton's Hormone Diaries, I have been considering the progesterone only pill because it has potential to stop my periods. While flow stopping isn't a guarantee, it is less risky than with testosterone and less expensive in America (for now). I was concerned about the depression aspect because I have clinical depression BUT, I know it would help me if I could find a way to stop Aunt Flo especially as I am not ready to take T. Anyone who has thoughts, anecdotes, and opinions can leave them down in the comments. I a, pretty new to how hormones work.
Kale Ling (1 year ago)
Thank you. This does help a lot.
Renske Vroomans (1 year ago)
Since it is always good to hear of multiple options, here are my two cents (cis female, just for reference). I have my second hormonal iud now (mirena), and I adore it, exactly because it completely stopped my flow (it does not always do this though, but will reduce it pretty much always). I also love not having to think about it for 5 years, and I think it might also keep the amount of added hormones in the blood to a minimum (but ask your gyno!). I experienced no noticeable change in mood that could not be chalked up to major life changes. I have friends who use it and also like it, but also a friend who had to stop because it made her depressed. So, mileage may vary a lot. That seems to be the theme with birth control unfortunately: you may have to try a few before finding the one that works well enough... Good luck with your quest!
Sand 0 (1 year ago)
I had been on Nuva Ring (estrogen and progesterone) for several years but I was no longer eligible to assistance from Planned Parenthood. The nurse practitioner prescribed a much cheaper birth control but it made me extremely suicidal. I had to quit birth control because it was a life or death decision. My libido went way up and I lost 5 Lbs (not desirable side effects for me). I miss my birth control
Jeffrey Mehaffey (1 year ago)
birth control
TheCimbrianBull (1 year ago)
Suggestion for future video: the trend of anal bleaching.
jabber1990 (1 year ago)
my mom said that the way to treat depression is to "grow the hell up"
jabber1990 (1 year ago)
Depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD are all fictional diseases, how come they didn't exist until 30-40 years ago?
jabber1990 (1 year ago)
my exGF would say that it makes you depressed, since she puts on weight and can't get pregnant , and all she cares about is getting pregnant
what the quiznak (1 year ago)
Oh my gosh your shirt is amazing!
potato bake (1 year ago)
I'm afraid of going on he pill because i here it will make you gain weight
flippytiger (1 year ago)
the NHS suggests that the pill causing weight gain could actually be a myth http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/06June/Pages/the-pill-and-weight-gain.aspx though there is a higher risk of the pill causing deep vein thrombosis if you are overweight.
ThessaStybe (1 year ago)
I've been taking birth control pills (the combined pill) since christmas now, which is right around the time my doctor told me it's likely I'm a depressed (im 19). Do you know the what my next step should be to better my sitation, but not end up pregnant too?
brileeka (1 year ago)
As someone who already has anxiety and depression and just started taking the pill I'll admit to being quite nervous about how I'm gonna react. But I'll be very mindful of my emotions. The reason I am going on the pill is to help regulate and calm my hormones because I feel like a hormonal imbalance is a big part of my depression. So hopefully the pills actually help my mood and not make it worse but if they do make my mood worse I'll switch brands and if all else fails ditch them all together.
Emma Dilemma (1 year ago)
A girl I know has been taking birth control for a while but didn't know it was birth control, her parents didn't tell her anything about it
Mike Spencer (1 year ago)
do a podcast on why females are the shitest drivers
Mike Spencer (1 year ago)
the deptession comes from the money females lose from men not having to pay child support on all the money they lost and the female actully had to work god forbid
J. Moore (1 year ago)
that cucumber moment though!!!! comedy gold/10 genius!!!! hahahahahahah!!!!
Evening Sky (1 year ago)
Oh wow! I started taking birth control when I was 17. I started on orthro-cyclyn the progesterone and estrogen one. I loved that pill! I went to the free clinic on medicaid well because I was a teenager that didn't want to tell my conservative parents I was having sex. Then the clinic started changing it up with generic brands (which did not make me feel so well although the stressed it was "the same thing"). Then, I got this bitch NP who when I asked about a hormone free IUD insisted IUDs only came with hormones (not true, I have the copper one now!) and basically told me if I wanted that I HAD to get the birth control shot (which I was not interested in doing but was basically bullied into it because "that is the same hormones you should try it out") it contained no estrogen. I was CONSTANTLY craving things with estrogen like soy products! That same bitch tried to persuade me to get the progesterone only pills when I said I wanted back on the pill I was on. They made me feel wonderful! Now I'm back to my old lazy self with the copper IUD. I feel bloated all the time with this thing inside me. I've had it for a year. I think I want to be on the pill again! ...or better yet get that Essure thing that is basically like having your tubes tied without surgery. I don't want kids ever!
Jeanette9a (1 year ago)
<3 thanks for making this videoes. :D (i like your shirt, and the lips you're wearing is so pretty)
LuigiTheHeadcrab (1 year ago)
literally went to the doctors today to try birth control for menstrual pain. interesting I happened to see this today.
Jenna Taylor (1 year ago)
I feel like in highschool, for me anyways, they pushed BC like it was no big deal. Like it was the only way to not get pregnant. I had depression and anxiety but went on BC at age 15 having no idea what it would do to my body. I had the worst mood swings and bouts of depression but had no idea why. Finally at 20 I am done with this hormonal BC journey and took my nuvaring out and threw it in the trash one day randomly. I couldn't take it anymore. Now I feel like I'm wandering around lost. Not sure if I should restart the journey or give up.
Dabbysaurus (1 year ago)
Hormonal birth control really fucked up my brain, I've tried 3 different types of pills. One gave me depression, one gave me mood swings and the other worked pretty well but was far too expensive for me to use. I've also got general anxiety, PMDD and am at risk of depression because of a chemical imbalance in my brain. So other words, my brain is a super annoying puzzle that's taking for ages to level out but I'll get there!!!
bazrazin1 (1 year ago)
& they r one of the reasons for hair loss.
Cari Schumann (1 year ago)
This explains a lot !
Ompabop (1 year ago)
I've tried several pills, arm implant and IUD. Some got me depressed, some did not. Everyone of them had depression listed as a possible side effect. Just change it if it doesn't work for you - another brand or type might work, and there's no way to know before you try. What works for other women might not work for you.
Maddie Little (1 year ago)
i actually got prescribed birth control by my doctor so i wouldn't be as depressed during my periods as i usually would be without them
Robert Neal (1 year ago)
Actually I think you are the property of someone...yourself.
Kat D (1 year ago)
I had an Iud and they are so not good for you
Cambria Darnell (1 year ago)
has anyone ever told you that you look like Caroline Dhavernas? aside from eye color
Stephen Booth (1 year ago)
I think it's also important when looking at percentages to consider percentage of what. A rise of 30% sounds scary, but 30% more of a very low number is probably still a very low number.
Laura Chaitow (1 year ago)
I've been on various contraceptives - tried the injection and various different pills. I just happened to start taking pills while I was going through a rough relationship which lead to depression, so I'll never know if that was linked to the pills or just a coincidence. Either way my general/social anxiety worsened over the years and I completely lost all sexual interest. Considering before I started taking contraceptives I was very ready to have a sexual mature relationship and since then I've gradually lost interest down to zero. Thing is I really only took these contraceptives because I wanted to avoid natural periods or periods altogether because mine were so heavy, painful and long. I avoided them for 7 years. Recently come off the pill (and antidepressants, though they were for neurological facial pain) and I feel better already. I had no idea that how I was feeling was because of or partially because of the hormones I was taking. All this time I was like why am I so unhappy? Why am I so socially anxious and anxious about everything all the time? Why am I always stressed and easily get into depressed episodes? May take a while to heal but even just a week off the pill I started feeling better and started natural periods again and they seem pretty normal now so.. things are looking up. Doesn't mean contraceptives are bad just.. I shouldn't have been on them, and it took me 7 years to realise it but I've made the change now and we will see if I improve further.
abrahamchapman (1 year ago)
Why would someone get the hormonal IUD? I'm a dude, so this obviously does not apply to me. That said, I am 100% certain that if I had a uterus, I'd have a copper IUD installed. The copper ones last three times longer than the hormonal ones.
abrahamchapman (1 year ago)
Cristen is using an IUD as birth control, not a treatment for PMDD. This is true of most people who use an IUD, and my query was obviously about choosing a hormonal IUD over a copper one for birth control purposes. User NightTimeDay explained that the hormonal IUD is a low dose of hormones, right where they are needed, so that people don't have to take a high dose that travels around the body before it gets to the parts it's intended for. Plus it is a consistent flow, rather than the highs and lows that come from taking a pill once a day. While the copper IUD may be better, for some with bad period issues, like PMDD, the hormonal IUD is a preferable option. That makes sense to me. As far as your situation is concerned, I am totally on that bandwagon. So-called hormonal "birth control" has so many purposes beyond preventing pregnancy, it is sooooo wrong to refer to it as birth control.
abrahamchapman (1 year ago)
You did not come across as condescending. I did not mean to sound defensive, my goal was to come across as one of those, you can't teach anything to those who already know everything types. I like to say things for entertainment purposes. Like, you know that fish are animals, and therefore meat, right? Yeah, I went there! Anywho, say what you will, but it is indeed rather difficult for people to get the protein, B vitamins, folic acid, and iron that they need on a vegetarian diet. And that's not even getting into the recent research that shows that homo sapien brain development exploded after key nutrients were introduced into the diet when homo sapien ancestors added meat to the menu. Members of team Y chromosome are better able to tolerate a vegetarian diet because those who are not members of team Y chromosome need the nutrients found in meat more. For me, this helps explain why about 4 out of 5 women under 55 are iron deficient. Perhaps you did it right, but I know that you know that most vegetarians don't. Not that being bad at food intake is inherently a vegetarian issue, in my opinion that vast majority of people are bad at nutrition. If one is not going to manage what they eat to make sure they get the nutrition that they need, and most people vegetarian or not will fail to do so, then it makes little sense cut out of one's diet easy sources of protein, iron, B vitamins, etc. like meat and chicken. It makes even less sense when one needs these nutrients more than others. In addition, I like to say that what vegetarians, and especially vegans, eat is not food, it's what food eats! And yes, this is an opening for you to humorously add a meat-is-murder comment to your next post. Also, I don't think you were ever vegetarian at all! You likely figured that, ounce-for-ounce, parakeets are the highest concentration of love and joy in the universe, that I have eaten KFC one too many times in the presence of my little buddy Larry Bird, and that playing the vegetarian card might just get him to move in with you. Guess what? He is the greatest roommate and wingman ever, so I'm not letting him go that easily! I just stocked up on a ton of spray millet, so he won't be leaving anytime soon, no matter how much KFC I eat. On the hormonal birth IUD, I had not considered the advantages of having the hormones dispersed directly where they are needed. When dispersed inside of the uterus, hormonal birth control is likely to be effective at extremely low doses. For someone who wants the advantages of not getting a period anymore, but does not tolerate the pill or the implant very well, the hormonal IUD is the only other available option. That makes sense to me. That said, I still prefer being able to go for a decade without thinking about it. But that's a personal preference. Others might prefer to get that thing changed out on a more frequent basis. To each his own, or in this case, her own I guess. FYI, though it may not be considered to be a surgical option, because skin is not cut open and then sowed up, having a medical device placed inside of an organ IS on the same level as outpatient surgery to folks who are not in the medical field. Let me assure you that everyone who has had it done considers a vasectomy to be surgery, and that's something where no medical devices are left in the body after the procedure is over. To me, having an IUD installed should be treated seriously, at least as seriously as a vasectomy, but likely more so since a medical device is left inside of an organ when the procedure is done.
NightTimeDay (1 year ago)
abrahamchapman I had a very busy schedule and took time to share personal knowledge and perspective on your question. I am not a doctor, and was just offering personal perspective, just as you are. I would now like to properly reply. As a current pescatarian who used to be a vegetarian as well as long term vegan, there are ways to get iron! Supplements, iron rich greens and bivalves were my personal cheat codes. I have naturally low iron levels and I've never been more healthy than when I cut out meat. I would not be so quick to judge people's health based upon what can be an incredibly health boosting diet when done properly! Yes we are omnivores and animals through a Darwinian lens, but we can be smart and cheat the system if our ethics or health so calls for it ;) Secondly, I feel as if you got defensive. My comments were meant to share knowledge and convey gratitude for your seeking. I did not mean to sound condescending, I was just typing as running out the door. That being said, sadly, we live in a society where men are often sorely uneducated on the topics of menstruation and birth control. This has been very true in my experience. I believe we all should be, regardless of gender. That is where we agree. I'm glad this is a space where we can respectfully learn and question and grow together. Thank you for the replies! P.S. IUDs are in fact not surgical intervention. They are painful to insert, yes, and need to be done by a professional, but only because they need to be inserted through the cervix into the uterus. Similar to birthing pains, but only for a few minutes. To be taken out requires an appointment as well, but only takes a speculum and a moment. For many IUDs are actually easier than pills in the long run. Long(er) term solution with no pills to forget, and no hormonal spikes and dips. For those who are hormone sensitive, this can make quite a difference. As well as this, many doctors recommend hormonal IUDs as they are often a lower dosage of hormones (as they are released directly to the uterus rather than circulating through the bloodstream after being taken orally). I personally have never had a hormonal IUD, but the people I know who have have been very happy with them.
NightTimeDay (1 year ago)
That was my point, juat hastily worded. Totally agree :)
abrahamchapman (1 year ago)
I do not have an interest in understanding birth control. I did in the past, did my research, and now I understand birth control almost as well as a doctor (I know about what impact hormonal birth control has on endometriosis, so while I may not know everything that a doctor does, I sure do know a lot!). From my perspective, there are no women's or men's issues, only people's issues. To be fair, I acknowledge that, politically speaking, there are women's and men's issues. But that's because too great a percentage of the population is conditioned to view different people as other. I am a person first, and a dude second. The same concept applies to women as well. FYI, women are NOT the only people who have to deal with birth control issues. Every man has women in his life, even the gay ones. Short of living in a men-only colony, every man must interact with the women in his life. So their issues do have an impact on his life as well. And while women might not have to worry about their prostates turning cancerous, those women who do not live in a women-only colony are indeed impacted by men's issues as well. Because yes, when one's father, brother, romantic partner, boss, coworker, or friend gets prostate cancer, it has a massive impact on one's life a well. It is irrefutable that these are people's issues, not men's or women's issues. On a side note, there is an effective and reversible sperm production stopping pill in the works right now. Not to mention the surgical option called the Sperm Switch (it's exactly what it sounds like). And vasectomies have been around for decades. So soon there will be a full range of options, and a full range of birth control issues, for people who just so happen to have testicles as well.
Andy Sampson (1 year ago)
Hey Cristyn! I have another interesting question for you! Earlier today my girlfriend said that she was in favor of an open relationship, I was curious about the idea in the past, but now I'm not so sure. Can you do a video about open relationships?
kim van hees (1 year ago)
I'm trying to find a solution to this issue. If I'm not on the pill (combined), my mood swings are really bad with a lot of highs and lows - no order. On birth control, I am kinda sad most of the time, but mostly stable. My therapist suggested taking the supplement 5HTP (a natural chemical that quickens seratinin reactions, resulting in feeling happier) and trying out different brands. Does anyone know different brands to try without much of a side-effect of depression ?
jillianj1016 (1 year ago)
Definitely second being an advocate for your own health. I was on hormonal birth control for almost ten years and was majorly depressed and taking anti depressants for those same ten years and my doctor(s) never once told me that there could be a link. About 6 months after I stopped taking birth control my moods finally got to the point where I didn't even need anti depressants any more. I put too much trust in my doctor that they would tell me if the medication I was taking could be a factor and they didn't. Do your own research.
Marta Fiorellino (1 year ago)
Hi Cristen! speaking of mental and sexual health relations... Recently I have found myself in an odd situation. I have been in a relationship with my fiance for 9 years and sex was never an issue, but right now I am going through a stressful situation at work that is making me really depressed. Somehow this is affecting my sexual life, my sexual desire is very low and that is frustrating me. I have talked to my fiance about it to make sure he understands what I am going through, but I still feel like this pressing issue is affecting our life together. Could you please make a video about how mood swings can impact on sexual desire? Thank you very much!
K Maloney (1 year ago)
I've actually got a friend who, over six years, experienced all the negative side-effects of the implant. For myself, however, depression runs in the family.
Giovanna Saturni (1 year ago)
i have the same sweatshirt!!
Smit Rome (1 year ago)
People over 35 are too damn old to have children , get fixed !!
Ally (1 year ago)
I went on the pill as a teenager for cramps. Then the injection every 3 months. I have several diagnosed mental illnesses & I would become very suicidal leading up to my period & end up in hospital every 3 months for a while. In correlation to when the hbc wore off. Since I was 21 (24 now) I've had an implamon. This stops periods for me & obviously keep me at a more continuous hormone level which has improved my mental health significantly. Obviously I've gotten older and done a lot of therapy but I strongly believe that it's helped me manage my mental health.
FlamedWater (1 year ago)
I had a hormonal disbalance (high levels of testosterone). Took two kinds of pills (one after another). I loved the effects of both - my skin got healthier, for the first time in my life I was able to grow out my hair (I used to have a crazy problem of split ends), I loved the control over my period and that I stopped experiencing any cramps at all. I had never had mood swings and the pills didn't affect that. However, the first pill killed my libido entirely. Yet, when I went on the second more mild type, it all came back to me. I have no intension of going off this pill, I'm actually scared that if I do, all of the problems would come back.
Cyara Wilsenach (1 year ago)
I've been on the pill for almost a year and am under 20 and hav e suffered from depression for several years. However the pill actually helped me feel mentally better to a small but significant extent.
bach ba (1 year ago)
I was twice on hormonal birth control, and both times it made me sooo moodish and blue. I cried without a reason, want to sleep all day.. + headache. I don't want third kind of hormons :/.. I thinking about cooper IUD, but I haven't been pregnant and doctors warn me (I'm 26 and really don't want to be mother..can't imagine that will change any soon)
Usagibunnneh (1 year ago)
I've been on some kind of hormonal contraceptive for over 10 years now and every different type/brand has brought it's own flavour to the party. I would say it's been a positive experience in the long haul, but there have been some not-so-fun times that's for sure! I would encourage every woman to experiment to find out what works for her and to listen to your body.
Jesse AAA (1 year ago)
When I first started trying to get help for my mental health issues, it was repeatedly asked whether it was because of my birth control or not. Ruling out other possible causes is a key part of mental health diagnosis and treatment. But considering the symptoms have been lifelong, over periods of on/off birth control w/ a variety of pills and the patch, I think in my case, maybe not. But it did worry me a lot when I first saw this headline even though I'm less concerned about it now. Because I mean who wants to be told to choose between depression or heavy flow and cramps (my birth control has always been to limit periods)? Now living happily w/ mental health treatment and an arm implant which has by far been my favorite method of birth control. And boy have I tried a lot of methods. Not here to singlehandedly determine the validity of the study, but just hope that the more experiences people know about, the more informed they can be of just how many options and outcomes there are. Don't feel stuck between a rock and a hard place if you're considering coming on or off birth control of some sort. And know that plenty of other people have been through similar decisions.
Aqualove (1 year ago)
I think another point is how many women feel pressured to take the pill because their partners won't use condoms or whatever. To anyone in that situation I would just say that's not love. I don't know what's going on in your relationship but it's not love. If they guy isn't willing to compromise... meaning your health vs using condoms. Then it's time to ditch him.
Bunnies Forever (9 months ago)
no probs to all the lesbian women out there
Kat McCloud (1 year ago)
+Joëlle Weetjewel Honey. You can get a vasectomy reversed. It's not even serious, it's an outpatient procedure (getting the vasectomy is as well) and you can leave the same day, as soon as it's done. That's the whole reason we want them to be more accessible! They're easy, reversible if needed, and permanent if not reversed. Source: My little sister existing, lol
Kat McCloud (1 year ago)
Amen! Like she said, hormonal birth control can be useful for many women. But other solutions should be used way more often than they are currently, considering that just as many women will be harmed by hormonal birth control.
Eli Nope (1 year ago)
it should be easier for men to get vasectomies if they want one.
Luna Moonchyld (1 year ago)
i remember life before birth control it was a never ending period literally if I did stop it was for 2-7 days before it start up again for 3-4 weeks at a time with NO BREAK it was hell so my doctor was like no period for u so even though I have my tubes tied (for personal reasons) I have to be on not only a mirena IUD I also have to be on jolivette a progesterone only birth control pill to stop me from ovulating because without that little pill I was having dehabilitating cramping that seemed to never end but then again my body is very very weird luckily all women r not like me and yes I have pcos to on top of all those woman issues
Stephany Santiago (1 year ago)
Well, I have depression and anxiety and all that exploted about one of two months later of taking the pill. I was 17. I don't know if it has a really relation, but in my case, is true.
Danielle Crouch (1 year ago)
The pill gave me all sorts of side effects including depressive moods, but I've never been sure if the depression was just because of the pill because I was also in a long-distance relationship at the time which was a very tough time emotionally. At the very least, I'm sure the pill wasn't helping matters. Since then I've avoided hormonal birth control like the plague, but the copper IUD also didn't work out for me so now it's natural cycle tracking and condoms for me.
singinangel06 (1 year ago)
I have seen bc do wonders for many friends, but I knew it was time for me to stop taking it when I saw a car drive by and I thought "jumping in front of that would be a good idea" I also was terribly mean.
Reptarsaurus (1 year ago)
I feel like I've had a really positive experience with the pill. I'm probably on combined, but I'm not sure. Right now I've been on a pill that is seasonal periods, where your cycle lasts for 3 months, and your periods comes 4 times a year instead of every month. It's so much better! I think it's funny because I literally started when spring officially began around March 20, so my period comes every time the season officially changes. Another note, I don't believe birth control pills have affected my mood. I already had depression before going on it and nothing changed when I started. I don't remember anything drastic ever changing anytime I switched pills. My boobs did get a little bigger once though. Haha 😜
lizard lace (1 year ago)
I find it interesting to look at the statistics as I am in my mid teens and suffer with severe depression. However for me my period has become waaay more manageable after starting on birth control, making my life considerably easier. My mood was a concern when I started on the pill but I haven't noticed a difference (though it may be harder to tell due to other circumstances.) Also BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING YOUR BIRTH CONTROL, look into concerns and risk factors you may have!! My doctor changed me to a pill which turns out wasn't meant to be used as a contraceptive, also by pushing my doctor about the pain I still experience I was able to get an ultrasound and found out that I have an ovarian cyst! which can cause a lot of pain throughout the menstrual cycle.
unknown (1 year ago)
I Had major depression ever since the first week I took birth control when I was 15 but it's slowly improving at 21 lmao
unknown (1 year ago)
+Camilla MissKilla Knap ive been to lots of them and they all say it's completely irrelevant but i dk i feel like it did have something to do with it, even if it was just a catalyst.
You might want to consider going to a psychiatrist about that. The pill might have been a catalyst for a depression that was already lurking in the background that would have hit you anyway with age.
DragonDancer (1 year ago)
Dang.... when I was 19 I started birth control and anti depressants.... I'm right in the statistic.
Joy Tracy (1 year ago)
Yes! As a birth control pill user who already had depression and was taking medication, this makes a lot of sense. The pill was a life saver, and while it didn't fix everything, it definitely helped.
Alexis C. (1 year ago)
Could birth control increase the intensity of depression in people who already have it?
Ni RhymesWithHi (1 year ago)
Yes it can. But it seems to depend on the person.
Ni RhymesWithHi (1 year ago)
I have experienced depression on the pill, but I also experienced depression long before the pill. It's hard to say whether I was any moodier (prone to crash) once I started the pill or not. I was always moodiest the day before my period, and if anything the pill made that day more predictable by regulating my cycle. Once I started taking an antidepressant that worked, it evened the whole thing out, pill or no pill. The pills I've taken have all been combo estrogen/progestin types.
Nikki D (1 year ago)
The birth control bar that i have idk the name its in my arm and lasts 3 yrs, is kinda shitty. Its great at preventing pregnancy and trust me i know...but it makes me bloat like crazy, it makes me hormonal, and sad and my period is unpredictable. I'm just waiting for the day a male birth control comes out. It makes way more sense to take the bullets out of a gun than to repeatedly shoot a bullet proof vest and hope for the best
Anisha Theccanat (1 year ago)
Could you give me a link to the journal article?
Sarah Shuler (1 year ago)
I've found that taking birth control makes diagnosis for any mental health issues and sometimes other bodily health issues more difficult. Things like "is my mood down because of the new birth control, or is it other factors?" Or "does my stomach hurt because of birth control cramping, or do I have a kidney infection?" So be careful! And tell your therapist and doctor if you switch birth control!
Fluffydog 667 (1 year ago)
I love your shirt Kristen!!!! :)
Tim Travasos (1 year ago)
Great job. Really useful info for girls (and me).
A Shot of Whiskey (1 year ago)
I think it depends on the woman, but a higher percentage being like that would make sense.
SyskeBehard (1 year ago)
I like the video, but I have a couple critiques. 1) You showed a copper IUD when talking about a hormonal one and 2) this was pretty heavy on the moving graphics in a way I felt was distracting from what you were talking about. Other than that, awesome as always!
Alice T (1 year ago)
I started taking birth control just over one year ago, at the beginning of my first serious relationship. However because I also was just starting university I can't be sure whether my unhappiness and my sudden tendency to burst into tears is stemming from uni stress, little dips in my relationship or the hormones. Too many variables.
df julesful (1 year ago)
I've been on the combined pill for about four years and it has actually helped with my depression. But I have been on ones that made it worse so unfortunately it's a case of trial and error.
Sami Kay (1 year ago)
See going on birth control at 14 helped me get my depression and anxiety under control. (estrogen & progesterone)
LaurenAnyone (1 year ago)
I've been on the pill since I was 20, so 5 years. With one hiatus of about 5 months last year. I noticed I lost some weight during those months off. And maybe I was a tad lass anxious and moody, but it's really hard to tell. For me the benefits of an easily trackable period without worrying about the pregnancy risk outweighs gaining a bit of weight, a few headaches and the mood thing, which I believe may not be entirely related for me. You just have to find what works for you. This is good study to raise awareness for sure
thebigbadwolf11 (1 year ago)
currently considering different birth control options and they all seem so scary! maybe no sex is just the way for me...
Ni RhymesWithHi (1 year ago)
Be prepared to have to try different things, but they really do affect everyone differently. For me, the pill is a godsend to control cramping, although it makes my skin slightly worse. Lots of things make my skin worse, though.
Sam Fox (1 year ago)
I went on the pill because of PCOS and the never ending, period I was on, that lead to... I am pretty certain it was severe blood loss (standing up gave me intensely painful headaches, walking across a room would wind me as bad as sprinting would). I definitely noticed a change in emotional state, I felt whatever I was feeling was super intense. And then the week leading up to a period, my self-esteem would plummet to where I am worthless, everyone hates me, why do I even bother getting up in the morning. I took a while for me to figure out what it was, but I didn't think changing the type of pill would do anything. So I stuck it out for a few years. Lost a bunch of weight, and asked my doctor if I could go off the pill (her theory was that estrogen had been stored in my fat cells), she said I could try. I did, and regular periods since, and though I still get sad leading up to my period, it is no where near as bad.
Collette Dionne (1 year ago)
you finally mentioned PMDD!! I'm really happy about that :D
BadgerPride89 (1 year ago)
I take birth control because it really helps stabilize my moods, especially my anxiety. I'm on the lowest dose of estrogen and dang if it hasn't made a difference. Sure, I'm tightly wound and often end up stressing myself out over little things but the difference is that I can recognize when I'm doing it now and bring it back down.
Briana Jackson (1 year ago)
I love the shirt
BL4CK KN1G8T (1 year ago)
Shocker, hormones can affect your mood Shocking how women on mass are taken drugs that alter who they are. Make you wonder if there isn't a hidden agenda behind all of it. If women want to be themselves, don't take mind altering drugs.
BL4CK KN1G8T (1 year ago)
You betcha. Condoms take a lot of the feeling from sex, makes me very depressed.
BL4CK KN1G8T absolutely. just doesn't feel right
BL4CK KN1G8T (1 year ago)
+Camilla MissKilla Knap You can't beat some skin on skin action.  You definitely feel more connected, physically and mentally.
+BL4CK KN1G8T I'm with you on that one. I don't get anything if my partner uses a condom. I just cant feel anything. +Aqualove it doesn't screw it up for everyone, which you would have known, had you bothered to read some of the comments.
Aqualove (1 year ago)
BL4CK KN1G8T still better then taking a pill that screws up your moods.
shimmerysummersun (1 year ago)
Hi Cristen! I was just wondering what lipstick you're wearing in this video? Its so pretty!
theladymelissa (1 year ago)
yes! depressed, moody, agressive, no more desire and physically bad for you! dont give this shit to your daughters! learn them to live naturally and in contact with their bodies and feminin energy
Krisann M.J. (1 year ago)
Great video! I take progestin only and I do think that my recent bouts of depression could be related to it... So thanks for possibly confirming that!
Angela Tolsma (1 year ago)
I love your shirt. It's nice to know about the IUD especially since I've gotten a different one from last time and have had changes in the last year. It does make me curious and I was already debating on seeing my doctor about it so now I just will.
Kerry Colthart (1 year ago)
So glad you made this!!
Jill Stock (1 year ago)
when I joined the Navy, they didn't have my birth control so that put me on a different one with higher dosages. that combined with the stress of training made me react much more emotionally to situations than I had previously. Luckily, when I went to medical about it, they switched me back to my original pill. I'm not fully back to where I was emotionally, but i'm a lot closer.

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