So, just curious as to what everyone is using for birth control.
I'm currently taking the mini-pill (progesteron only) BUT.....
Basically, I have had problems in the past with birth control pills (regular ones) messing me up emotionally and it seems like it is a connection with the change in my hormones. I didn't really think that I was noticing a huge change this time, but DH said that he has noticed a dramatic difference- he said that I go from one "super extreme" to another "super extreme". LOL. On top of that, I have had a HUGE weight gain......I don't think it is the pill itself that is causing my weight gain, but rather the pill is causing an increase in appetite and I am eating more. I had read that the mini pill can cause an increase in appetite and I am constantly legitimately hungry. Also, I don't know if this is related to the moodiness that DH has noticed, but I went from being really motivated to work out and exercise to get back in shape, to not wanting to do a single thing. I had actually lost most of my baby weight and only had about 10 lbs to go to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. And now, I'm about 20 lbs away from that number instead (up 10 lbs). Of course, with eating more, not exercising doesn't help the weight gain. Anyway, I am a few days away from a prescription refill and I'm thinking of putting a call into my dr to find out other options instead. The problem is, with nursing, i'm already limited on what I can be on and then with the hormonal issue, that limits me even more. Just curious as to if anyone else ran into issues with the mini-pill and also, what you are using if you aren't taking the mini-pill. Trying to figure out what my other options might be at the moment.
So, I ended up not taking the pill last night and I called my dr today. Last night was a REALLY bad night for me emotionally and hormonally. I really felt like I was going to lose it with my DD. And she wasn't any different than a normal day with her.....it was kinda scary. So, the course of action for now is that I have stopped the BC. We are using condoms for the time being and I don't know if we'll use something else in the near future or not. The hormones from the BC will take up to 2 weeks to completely be out of my system (this is different than their effectiveness). If I am still seeing these huge swings in my mood and hormones at that time, then I will probably end up going on something to increase my serotonin levels. He wanted to go ahead and put me on something, but I was hesitant....especially if it really is simply the BC pills, then I didn't want to take something unnecessarily. So for now, I just have to "hang in there". The good thing is that DH is really supportive about it and while he admits that he doesn't understand, he is trying to. Anyway, I'll let you know how things are going. I'm hoping that things get much better in the next two weeks.