Birth Control And Zoloft?
Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:30 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows about potential side effects of taking both birth control pills and Zoloft at the same time? I have never been on birth control before because I have not had a long term partner until now. I have been on 100 mg Zoloft for about a year now, and have been using condoms with my partner, but we would both like to do it "natural" so to say...
Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:54 PM
Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:19 PM
I had an absolutely horrible experience on Zoloft and birth control. In addition to gaining a pretty good amount of weight (a risk with either of those by itself), I also became extremely depressed, entirely uninterested in sex, and acutely suicidal. In truth, I acted on the urge and am lucky to be here. I know all of our bodies are very, very different—so what is not safe for me may be absolutely fine for you—but when I saw this topic heading, I felt obligated to share my story, just to air on the side of caution. I don't mean to frighten you, and am in no way purporting to be a medical expert—just an ally looking out for others on DF! Please talk to both your psychiatrist and general practitioner about the risks involved with taking SSRIs and birth control simultaneously, as both medications affect your mood, appetite, and libido. Honestly, mixing birth control and anti-depressants seems to be fine for most—but I am just not one of those people.
Have you ever considered getting an IUD? They are manufactured with or without hormones, and are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy (though, just as the pill, do not protect against STDs). My friend recently got one, and has been singing its praises all over the place. Just a thought!
Good luck talking to your doctors and getting a more concrete answer. :)
Edited by Liliah, 21 January 2011 - 05:20 PM.
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