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Female Mood Swings after Birth Control

Some women experience mood swings while using birth control. The extra hormones some types of birth control add to the body influence the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood.

What Are Mood Swings?

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Mood swings are rapid and unpredictable changes in mood. You can abruptly change from being happy to sad to angry without reason.

What Causes Female Mood Swings after Birth Control?

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Many health experts argue that mood swings caused birth control are the result of extra hormones. Although many women take birth control without side effects, among those who have side effects, mood swings are one of the most common. In addition to mood swings, headaches, and tender breasts are also common.

If you are concerned about the side effects of birth control, talk to your doctor.

How Can I Manage My Birth Control Induced Mood Swings?

There are a number of treatments available to combat mood swings caused by birth control. Click on the following link for more information towards available treatments for mood swings.

Mood Swings and Early Signs of Pregnancy

Mood swings are a common symptom that occurs during the early stages of pregnancy. Women are advised to take notice of this symptom and learn to recognize

Mood Swings and Intense Hunger

During menopause, some women can feel overwhelmed and even depressed if mood swings and intense hunger disrupt day-to-day life.

3 Tips to Keeping a Level Head during Menopausal Mood Swings

You've lost all control of your moods? Discover 3 simple tips that should have you on the road to emotional balance in no time.

Sources:
  • "Adult Mood Swings". The Health Center. www.thehealthcenter.info.
  • Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Amin, Zenab, Turhan Canli, and C. Neill Epperson. "Effects of Estrogen-Serotonin Interactions on Mood and Cognition". Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev 2005; 4; 43.
  • "Estrogen Promotes Gender Difference in Brain's Response to Stress". Molecular Psychiatry. www.psycheducation.org.