We all know the benefits of birth control—and one of them is hormonal control (less acne, fewer cramps and less flow). But for some Pill takers, there’s one crucially important area in which control is lost: their moods. When researchers asked women to rate their emotions after starting a regimen of oral contraceptives, 4 to 10 percent reported an unexplainable downswing in mood and well-being. If you’ve had a preexisting history of depression, you’re more likely than most to suffer from depression while on the Pill, especially in the days before your period.
This might help: Ask your doctor for the less bleak-inducing pill. That's our phrase, but Dr. Inger Sundström Poromaa, a professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Uppsala University in Sweden, found that women report less moodiness when their prescription contains anti-androgenic progestins (drospirenone and desogestrel) and lower doses of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen).