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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Do oral contraception causes depression or emotional instability?

Do oral contraception causes depression or emotional instability?

Contraception: In susceptible individuals, & depending on the hormones in the pill, it is possible. ...Read more

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Will birth control pills help with peri-menopausal sadness?

Will birth control pills help with peri-menopausal sadness?

Depends: There could me many reasons for mood instability during the peri menopause. Overall any product that contains estrogen such as bcp can alleviate some of the symptoms related to peri menopause . There are other helpful remedies that your obgyn can discuss with you. I would not assume that "sadness" is solely the result of peri menopause , there could be other reasons. ...Read more

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Dose levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) ED have a higher progesterone than other contraceptive pills i'm looking for a bc pill that will help with mood swings what's most common?

Any birth control: Pill can help with mood swings. In my experience, there isn't a particular pill that is better than any other. However each pill can have a different effect on an individual woman. Try and see what happens. Often mood swings are related to the Progesterone in the pill. So if one pill doesn't help i will prescribe another bcp with a different progesterone. Levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) has potent progesterone. ...Read more

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Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Side effect : All medication can have side effect , we take them because we need them . If u have a concern about u medication. , discuss it with u prescriber. ...Read more

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9 weeks postpartum, started ortho tricyclen + aldactone (spironolactone) (acne). Stopped both bc of vertigo/extreme dizziness. Hormone related? When will it stabilize?

9 weeks postpartum, started ortho tricyclen + aldactone (spironolactone) (acne). Stopped both bc of vertigo/extreme dizziness. Hormone related? When will it stabilize?

Aldactone (spironolactone): The spironolactone (aldactone) frequently causes dizziness, particularly if your electrolytes become imbalanced, or your blood pressure drops. Wait for a few days of no medications, then try just the oral contraceptive. There are much better treatments for acne than spironolactone. ...Read more

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How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

Sometimes: Sometimes they improve mood, and sometimes they make it worse. Progesterone seems more likely to worsen mood. ...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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Will phentermine and birth control worsen bipolar disorder?

Will phentermine and birth control  worsen bipolar disorder?

Caution: I agree with drs. Bey and passer. Medications such as Phentermine that stimulate CNS activity can precipitate mania, and what goes up comes back down. Occasionally birth control products, especially those higher in Progesterone can contribute to depression, though this is rarely an issue. Many mood stabilizers are less then friendly for weight, speak to your psychiatrist about options to help. ...Read more

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Will stopping birth control pill better my emotional state?

Will stopping birth control pill better my emotional state?

Possibly: Birth control pills have a hormonal component to them, thus potentially affecting your emotions. Cessation of a birth control pill can potentially better your emotional state. Always speak with your doctor before stopping any medications. ...Read more

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Can contraceptive pill help in treatment of postnatal depression and premenstrual syndrome?

Can contraceptive pill help in treatment of postnatal depression and premenstrual syndrome?

Postpartum: Post partum depression is a complex, common and serious condition. The mainstays of its treatment are 1) properly selected antidepressants 2) peer support. Anyone suffering from it should ask her OB for referral to an experienced psychiatrist --as well as for referral to a local support group. The psychiatrist may suggest psychotherapy as well, which may need only be brief. ...Read more

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Can the pill diane-35ed (estelle 35ed) cause depression?

Can the pill diane-35ed (estelle 35ed) cause depression?

Yes. : A lot of birth control pills can cause mood changes because of the hormones. If you feel this one is making you depressed, you should ask your doctor to change it. There are lots of different birth control pills available and you might have to try several to see what is best for you. T ...Read more

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Might depression worsen while on menstrual cycle?

Might depression worsen while on menstrual cycle?

Yes: Hormone fluctuations alone can cause symptoms of depression. If you already have clinical depression, your symptoms may be worse around the time of your menses. ...Read more

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Having depression & loss of libido with implanon birth control. Which birth control should i go with next after removing this one?

Having depression & loss of libido with implanon birth control.  Which birth control should i go with next after removing this one?

GYN: There are a lot of options in terms of birth control which may or may not be appropriate for you. Talk to your gynecologist about what might be best given your medical history and response. Perhaps a non-hormonal device such as Paragard might be an option ... But best to have an honest talk with your doctor. Wish there was a better answer ... Good luck! ...Read more

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Levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control gave me suicidal thoughts, thrush (first time), no libido. Is Norimin better?

Levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control gave me suicidal thoughts, thrush (first time), no libido. Is Norimin better?

Side Efects: If your side effects were definitely due to the BC, than any other BC with a different type of hormonal combination etc. would be a better alternative. With your all your symptoms I would question whether they aware all indeed due to the BC. Be sure to follow-up with your Dr. and get assessed and possibly treated for an underlying depression that was brought out by the situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more