Yasmin, Mircette, Anxiety
I had been taking Yasmin for about 7 years, but developed migraines and eventually decided to stop taking the Yasmin because I read that it can be a cause of headaches. ... more »
I had been taking Yasmin for about 7 years, but developed migraines and eventually decided to stop taking the Yasmin because I read that it can be a cause of headaches.
I read about the withdrawal effects of coming off Yasmin, and during the first couple of weeks I started to get some acne and lost a little hair. Nothing too bad. About 3-4 months after I stopped I started to get really depressed. I asked my doctor about the depression and I told her that I'd read on many internet forums that coming off birth control can cause depression while the hormones rebalance themselves, and was there anything she could give me temporarily to ease the symptoms.
She said that probably wasn't true, and that the birth control had probably been masking existing depression, and the best thing to do was to get back on birth control. This sounded really strange and counter-intuitive to me, but I trusted my doctor (she's the gal with the MD right?). She put me on Mircette.
About a month after I started taking Mircette I started to get unbearable anxiety. During the anxiety I couldn't even leave my bedroom for days, I had to take days off of work, and I had zero appetite. The doctor put me on Celexa (an anti-depressant which also helps with anxiety) and some Xanax for the really bad days.
After about a week this seemed to do the trick and I was feeling better again, but a few weeks later the anxiety returned! That's when I started to read up more on Mircette and discovered that some people got serious anxiety from taking it. It dawned on me that the time I felt better probably wasn't due to the anti-depressant, but it was more likely that the anxiety was actually PMS anxiety that I was getting right before my period. The timing was just right, and was way too coincidental for me to believe otherwise.
I've asked my doctor to put me back on the Yasmin for now, but I know this won't be a long-term solution. I'd like to get off of birth-control for good, so I'm seeking a way to wean myself off of them. I've read on this site that some people had a very low progesterone count after coming off birth control, and were able to alleviate their symptoms by taking a progesterone supplement until their body was able to balance it's own hormones again.
Has anyone else been in a situation like this, and did you find a solution? I'm hoping the Yasmin will help me control my anxiety within a few weeks, because I have no more sick time at work and this anxiety is just totally unbearable. I can't even describe how debilitating it is.