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Stopped the birth control pill 5 months ago and have experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks and constant nervousness. What is the cause?

Stopped the birth control pill 5 months ago and have experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks and constant nervousness. What is the cause?

Exam: You should have a complete physical exam: have your thyroid, blood sugar and blood chemisties and hormone levels checked. If all tests are negative, you should speak to a behaviour counselor or a psychotherapist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How to get rid of nausea due to anxiety after stopping birth control pill and how long will it take to feel normal again?

How to get rid of nausea due to anxiety after stopping birth control pill and how long will it take to feel normal again?

It depends: If you are so anxious about becoming pregnant after stopping the pill, either get back on it or take something else to prevent pregnancy. If your diagnosis is correct, no anxiety, no nausea. Otherwise, I would suggest that your nausea is more likely because you are pregnant since stopping the pill. In that case, perhaps a pregnancy test is indicated. ...Read more

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I'm stopping birth control because it gave me anxiety, is this a common symptom?

Depressed or: Anxious mood can occur with oral contraceptives. Discuss this with your prescribing provider so that an alternative medication can be identified. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I stop a birth control a day early extra hormones making me feel real moody and anxiety can't sleep all side effects from lo egestrel not myself?

Can I stop a birth control a day early extra hormones making me feel real moody and anxiety can't sleep all side effects from lo egestrel not myself?

Yes: You can stop it a day early, if you are experiencing these kinds of side effects then I recommend getting a different type or brand of birth control. Each birth control side effects varies between woman, if this particular one doesn't work for you then I would get a different one :]. ...Read more

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What to do if my birth control causing panic attacks?

What to do if my birth control causing panic attacks?

Talk to prescribing : Physician. If panic attacks have been found to be a side effect of the birth control medication you are taking, they can switch you to another med. If not, consider speaking with a psychologist to overcome panic attacks. Sorry no one answered sooner, I think people were not sure what you meant. I think you believe your birth control meds are causing panic attacks. ...Read more

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Why do I always panic that I'm pregnant right before my period. I'm on birth control and use other form 99% of the time.

Why do I always panic that I'm pregnant right before my period. I'm on birth control and use other form 99% of the time.

This is normal to: Some extent, but not if it causes you excessive anxiety, which is what 'panic' implies. Have you had a pregnancy scare? Have you not exactly been 100% compliant with your use of birth control? Are you prone to severe PMS symptoms, which would exacerbate otherwise normal anxiety? These are some questions that come to mind first. Check with an OB-GYN for B/C facts... ...Read more

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Ormy daughter has an implanon for birth control. What are some side effects and could it cause an elevated heartrate or panic attacks?

Ormy daughter has an implanon for birth control. What are some side effects and could it cause an elevated heartrate or panic attacks?

Unlikely but possibl: Since it secretes hormones, this may have some effect autonomic nervous system, most likely preexisting anxiety/ your board certified OB should have explained risks and benefits prior to implant. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks and irregular heart beat and worry.What's the best birth control for me? Iud or Depo-Provera shot?

I have panic attacks and irregular heart beat and worry.What's the best birth control for me? Iud or Depo-Provera shot?

Gyn: Rather than solicit advice from the doctors on line who don't really know you, consider having an individualized discussion with your gynecologist to help tailor your decision. ...Read more

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If I throw up my birth control pill due to a panic attack, and I get cramps/brown discharge the next day, will my period be messed up for that month?

If I throw up my birth control pill due to a panic attack, and I get cramps/brown discharge the next day, will my period be messed up for that month?

Maybe: Missing a pill or throwing it up can cause breakthrough bleeding or spotting like you are having. But if you continue taking the pill then the period should still come on time. ...Read more

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I recently stopped taking my birth control and started having extreme anxiety. Are the 2 related?

I recently stopped taking my birth control and started having extreme anxiety. Are the 2 related?

Birth control: Pregnancy is possible when women stop birth control. If the woman is sexually active, the situation can be anxiety-provoking. Sudden hormonal changes (like starting or stopping birth control pills) may in some women aggravate anxiety and depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control that helps acne but doesn't lead to anxiety?

Is there a birth control that helps acne but doesn't lead to anxiety?

Many options: Most all combined birth control pills containing both an estrogen and a progestin help acne for most women. Anxiety or mood changes can sometimes be a side effect for some women, and this is most likely due to the progestin component. You may want to ask your doctor about a birth control pill that contains a different progestin than ones you've taken before that caused anxiety. ...Read more

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Will birth control help or worsen anxiety?

Will birth control help or worsen anxiety?

Little effect: Birth control pills do not help anxiety. They typically do not cause anxiety, either. However, a small percentage of women report that the synthetic hormones in birth control pills contribute to depression or 'just not feeling right'.
It may be worth trying for a month or two, as pills are reliable birth control when taken properly and you can always stop them if you feel badly. ...Read more

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I take medicine for my anxiety for the past 3 years and have taken Birth Control for 10. Just stopped BC and have been feeling more anxious?

Many anxiety meds: And birth control pills. Please resubmit your question with the antianxiety medication and the birth control pill listed and it will then be possible to inform you whether there's any correlation between the two. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I changed birth control pills and have acquired terrible anxiety...help!!

I changed birth control pills and have acquired terrible anxiety...help!!

Anxiety: You need to talk to your provider. The type and amount of estrogen or progesterone in your pills can have an effect on you mental state. ...Read more

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30yr old female on birth control&buspirone w/anxiety. I get hot when I do anything. My face feels very hot&i sweat. Could this b hotflash&what totake?

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30yr old female on birth control&buspirone w/anxiety. I get hot when I do anything. My face feels very hot&i sweat. Could this b hotflash&what totake?

Hot flashes: Depending on the dose, could be side effect of Buspar (buspirone) or anxiety due to change of efficacy of Buspar (buspirone) from addition of bcp, or direct effect of both medications. ...Read more

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I have an appt. To have my mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control removed due to having the worst of the worst of my anxiety. Could this be what has been making it worse?

I have an appt. To have my mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control removed due to having the worst of the worst of my anxiety. Could this be what has been making it worse?

Yes and no : The hormonal effect of the Mirena (levonorgestrel) is mainly local on the uterus while the absorption of the Progesterone into your blood stream is minimal. The possibility that this minimal amount will cause severe anxiety is small. There could be other emotional factors that can intensify anxiety such ad the idea of having hormones in your body or having the iud. You could also be very sensitive to hormones. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control but I didn't get my period but I also have severe anxiety. Could that be why I didn't get it?

Could be, but: Birth control failures and even small irregularities in ovary (etc.) functioning are also suspects. Do a test. Consider an exam that will check on other reasons. Also, consider some CBT therapy for skills to manage anxiety — much safer and life changing than pills IMHO. A combo can handle severe anxiety best. ...Read more

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Can BusPIRone (anxiety medication) affect the effectiveness of birth control pill Reclipsen?

Can BusPIRone (anxiety medication) affect the effectiveness of birth control pill Reclipsen?

No reports: No — there should not be a problem. Antibiotics can weaken birth control effectiveness and while taking them, additional protection is recommended, but not your medication. If you worry — take them a few hours apart in case a nausea reaction causes you to vomit. Don't worry, you should be safe. ...Read more

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I have OCD and i also have anxiety, do any medications for OCD or anxiety affect the birth control pill?

I have OCD and i also have anxiety, do any medications for OCD or anxiety affect the birth control pill?

Some may/ most no: The question is rather broad because there are so many medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and I see that you live in australia. You probably have other medications that we do not have available in the United States. I would simply recommend you talk to your psychiatrist prescribing physician about which ones interact with your birth control medication. Your doctor can easily find information regarding that. ...Read more

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Does birth control cause anxiety & depression over being anxious? I'll start panicking over something then be completely fine about it 10 mins later.

Does birth control cause anxiety & depression over being anxious? I'll start panicking over something then be completely fine about it 10 mins later.

Sometimes: If you are more anxious and depressed since starting birth control, it may be a side effect. Compare your mood and anxiety level since being on birth control to before. If your mood /anxiety is worse, tell your doctor and see if there is another birth control or lower dose he/she can recommend.
That being said, most females I see taking birth control are fine. But check with your doctor if unsure ...Read more

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Do the supplements 5-HTP and L-TYROSINE affect the birth control pill? I am on levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) ED. I'm taking the supplements due to my anxiety and depression.

Ask your OB: I don't see these meds on the contraindication list for this combination pill, but I think the prescribing doctor should have explained what to avoid if you told them what medications you are currently taking. Just to make sure, ask the prescribing OB GYN if this is alright ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink St. John's Wort to help with mild anxiety if I'm using the Skyla IUD as a birth control method?

Is it safe to drink St. John's Wort to help with mild anxiety if I'm using the Skyla IUD as a birth control method?

No!: St Johns Wort may significantly reduce the effectiveness of your SKYLA IUD. Do not use. Reference: Drugs.com ...Read more

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Hello, can doctors manage and prescribe birth control pills and medications for anxiety and depression on the premium paid service?

Hello, can doctors manage and prescribe birth control pills and medications for anxiety and depression on the premium paid service?

With periodic exams: Virtual health care is not "online shopping for prescription medications" and needs each patient to have an in-person doctor to do in-person exams periodically. For example, after an in-person exam has cleared a healthy woman for starting birth control pills, she may be able to get follow-up care online for the rest of that year. Psychiatric meds and certain other drugs are not given on HealthTap. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more