Re: Birth Control pill help depression?
Roz5 - so sorry you are going through all of this! Ruling out tumors must be incredibly stressful!
Pinkeetoz - BCP's, like macadamianut said, are very much like antidepressants: their effect varies greatly. Yes, in a few cases with unstable hormones, they can make a depressed individual feel better. The more common side effect is that they actually cause depression. Is your depression/anxiety cyclical?
Assuming that by "partial hysterectomy" you mean you still have your ovaries, you should not be experiencing a surgical menopause. While it's possible that you are in perimenopause, it's not terribly likely at 38. What is quite common in your your 30's, though, is a severe worsening of PMS. Assuming you still have your ovaries, you still experience the exact hormonal changes (including those that cause PMS) that you did when you bled. Not having your uterus and not bleeding doesn't change the hormonal fluctuations.
If what you are experiencing is depression/anxiety that is cyclical and corresponds to a monthly cycle, hormones might be helpful. Something else you might investigate is the Omega 3's. I've found them to be very helpful with PMS.
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