So I have an appointment with my gynocologist this morning and I ask her for a prescription for birth control pills. I explain that I had tried them before, twice, but they had made me feel asexual the first time and suicidal the second. So I was hoping she could recommend a low dose kind that wouldn't make me feel either way. She replies, "Unfortunately, all birth control pills make you depressed and lower your sex drive. That's just inherent in how they work. But I can write you a prescription for a low dose one."
I took the prescription, but then I thought wait a second, what??? Why on earth would I take a drug that would make me depressed and asexual? Basically nothing in the world is worth that?! Why do other people take it?
Then I google birth control pills side effects and read:
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As the body adjusts to hormonal changes created by The Pill, women often experience some minor side effects, including:
Irregular bleeding or spotting
Weight gain and/or water retention
Spotty darkening of the skin
Side effects usually disappear after 2-3 cycles. If your side effects are bothersome after 2-3 cycles or if heavy bleeding occurs, continue taking your pills and call the clinic for an appointment to talk about your prescription.
Again, wtf?? Why are mood changes minor? It is really listed after water retention and spotty darkening of the skin?? What could possibly be more important than your mood? 2-3 cycles is 2-3 months! Imagine even being nauscous for that long.
Then I'm curious what the incidence of depression ("mood changes") is with oral contraceptives. I can't really find that, but I do find this:
However, new research from Australia’s Monash University may change all that. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni from the University’s School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine conducted a study in March 2005 that compared depression symptom scores between users and non-users of combined oral contraceptives.
Results showed women using the Pill had an average depression rating scale score of 17.6, compared to 9.8 in the non-user group. The women involved in the study were aged over 18, not pregnant or lactating, had no clinical history of depression and had not been on anti-depressant medication in the previous 12 months.
It really seems quite incredible to me that so many people take this drug.
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