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#1 SarahBelle48

Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

Just need some advice, I did post this in the Health forum but then decided to put it in here as well for more traffic.

I'm currently on the contraceptive pill Levlen ED which I changed to about 18 months ago or so (was on Marvelon for several years before that).

I've found that my moods have been really weird over the past 6 months or so and even my husband has commented on how moody I've been lately. I've always been an emotional person but lately I'm a lot more snappy and I get cranky at the smallest thing. I'm finding it really hard to deal with because I know its not fair on my husband and even my dogs when they cop the brunt of my snapping or moodiness.

Could my moods be caused by the different type of pill that I'm on now and could changing the pill help my moods?

TIA.

#2 Libster

Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

Yes I do think the pill could be affecting your moods. It seems that different types of pills affect people very differently. I was on a certain type of pill for a long time (can't remember the name) and I was a total b**ch and had really bad headaches. When I changed to Yasmin things were a lot better but I had no libido whatsoever  sad.gif
Perhaps go back to the doctor and ask them to prescribe you a different pill?

#3 virtuallotus

Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

Certainly can be. I was on Levlen and was more aggressive and cranky. As I understand it, it can have androgenic effects.

I've switched to Diane ED 35, and I'm much more chill. It's a shame it's under review now. sad.gif

#4 lozoodle

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

Yes levlen really affected me. I didnt realise how bad it was until i stopped it. Never again!

#5 ~Nic~

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

Yep, I was a mess when I went to Levlen (Yaz worked well for me in regard to moods), and the mirena was even worse. Might be time to chat to your doctor to see if another one could suit you better.


#6 Quack Quack

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

Yes I agree, I took Yaz for a very short time and I turned into a homocidal maniac. It was very frightening for me to have such a personality change... went off it and I was soon back to normal.

#7 MrsMJ

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

oh i have tried sooo many and Levlen was the WORST. I was soo moody and cranky on it, I remember being so crazy on it and knowing I was not myself but I just couldn't stop the moods!
Never again will I take that!
Marvelon has worked the best for me. Yasmine was too light and didnt work and Dianne made me pile on at least 8kgs..it took me a good 4 years and multiple types to find what worked best.
goodluck getting on something that makes you feel nothing but you!



#8 9ferals

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

I've been on a number of different hormonal contraceptives over the years and have found that they always affect my mood and overall wellbeing.

It's usually when I've gone off them that I've suddenly felt so much better, my mood improves, I lost weight, and I just  feel "lighter" all over.

This includes Implanon, which I was surprised about as my understanding is that the level of hormones is lower than the oral pill.

Good luck in finding something that suits your body.

#9 Flaxen

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:34 PM

I was horribly moody on levlen, yaz and yasmin, but was the worst on implanon. You could have been forgiven for thinking I had Bi Polar Disorder!

Im now on trifeme and its been good so far (6mths) My Dr said its a good one for moods.

Edited by Flaxen, 14 February 2013 - 01:36 PM.


#10 CupcakeMumma

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Yes it does, I had to go off it completely as it was totally messing with me sad.gif

#11 SarahBelle48

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (MrsMJ @ 14/02/2013, 02:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
oh i have tried sooo many and Levlen was the WORST. I was soo moody and cranky on it, I remember being so crazy on it and knowing I was not myself but I just couldn't stop the moods!
Never again will I take that!
Marvelon has worked the best for me. Yasmine was too light and didnt work and Dianne made me pile on at least 8kgs..it took me a good 4 years and multiple types to find what worked best.
goodluck getting on something that makes you feel nothing but you!


I was on marvelon for a few years prior to changing over to levlen but marvelon was just so expensive because its not on the PBS. I'll ring up tonight and make an appointment with my GP to discuss some other options.

Thank you very much for the advice, I've been feeling so bad about being so cranky at DH all the time.

#12 SarahBelle48

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

Well, I finally got the chance to see the doctor tonight. Basically, she rubbished the idea that it could be the pill and said she'd never heard anything about Levlen being worse for moods. She said that most women get less moody on the pill. She did end up giving me a script for another one but I never realised how few contraceptive pill brands are PBS-subsidised. My doctor had to ring the pharmacist to find a pill that is on the PBS but not Levlen. In hindsight, I should've just asked for a private brand. She prescribed Norimin in the end.

I have been sent for blood tests to rule out any other possible reasons. So we'll just have to wait and see.

#13 B0612

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

Another woman who has had side effects from Levlen. I ended up with terrible acne and emotional irritability and ended up going onto Dianne without any issues (also cleared up my skin too)

I think it's trial and error with finding a pill that works for you.

#14 Greatmum

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

Levlen made me soooo sad and I would just cry over nothing.

#15 Excentrique Feral

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

Levlen did that to me too. I'm on logynon now, much better.

#16 Libster

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE (SarahBelle48 @ 28/02/2013, 09:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, I finally got the chance to see the doctor tonight. Basically, she rubbished the idea that it could be the pill and said she'd never heard anything about Levlen being worse for moods. She said that most women get less moody on the pill. She did end up giving me a script for another one but I never realised how few contraceptive pill brands are PBS-subsidised. My doctor had to ring the pharmacist to find a pill that is on the PBS but not Levlen. In hindsight, I should've just asked for a private brand. She prescribed Norimin in the end.

I have been sent for blood tests to rule out any other possible reasons. So we'll just have to wait and see.

mad.gif well maybe you're not like "most" women! As you can see from this thread, there are plenty of ladies who have been affected negatively by the pill. It would be nice if there was a male contraceptive pill!

ETA that angry face was directed at your doctor, not you of course original.gif

Edited by Libster, 28 February 2013 - 09:08 PM.


#17 Cranky Kitten

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE (SarahBelle48 @ 28/02/2013, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, I finally got the chance to see the doctor tonight. Basically, she rubbished the idea that it could be the pill and said she'd never heard anything about Levlen being worse for moods. She said that most women get less moody on the pill. She did end up giving me a script for another one but I never realised how few contraceptive pill brands are PBS-subsidised. My doctor had to ring the pharmacist to find a pill that is on the PBS but not Levlen. In hindsight, I should've just asked for a private brand. She prescribed Norimin in the end.

I have been sent for blood tests to rule out any other possible reasons. So we'll just have to wait and see.


I'd be looking for another doctor personally. The pill can absolutely affect your moods, and in quite significant ways. My first foray into using the pill (can't remember the brand, it was a while ago) resulted in my becoming so ridiculously aggressive that I got kicked out of a nightclub for decking some guy. Stopped taking it, back to normal within a few days.

#18 Floral Arrangement

Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:57 AM

Yes from personal experience GP trialled me with a 2 month supply of the pill (I am sure it started with LE... was a long time ago). I was crying, depressed, foul moods the first month did not try the 2nd month trial. I have a mirena now and doubt I will ever "trial" the pill again, but I am 44 now.

I joked at the time that the 2nd month of that pill and my marriage would have ended maybe a sign of how bad it was for everyone.

Your gp is talking crap. I am not the only one in my group of family and friends that has suffered mood swings from the pill. That dissipate when they have come off of the pill.

Edited by FloralArrangement, 01 March 2013 - 11:59 AM.


#19 PurpleNess

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

Yep!! I was put on Levelen after many years on Trifeme ( had a break for a few years), withing weeks I was nuts! I was sooo moody & flying off the handle at the silliest things, my then new boyfriend - now husband, seriously wondered who he'd hooked up with!!

Stop taking it & go back to ANOTHER GP. Get a different pill, I know lots of poeple who've had reactions to this pill.

Edited by PurpleNess, 01 March 2013 - 12:06 PM.


#20 Let_it_Rain

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:12 PM

I've trialed a few different pills and they all effect my mood badly. My sister is the same.

My doctor who I trust, said that Levlen is listed in some medications journal she refers to as being one of the better ones for mental health side effects, but no there is no gaurentee that it will not cause issues.

Last time I went on the pill, I found myself sobbing uncontrolably in a public toilet, contemplating going to the chemist to buy whatever meds I could to end it all. A week before I was fine. I also suffer general modiness and being a b**ch when I am on it. DH jokes he will leave if I ever go back on them.

It sucks, and if/when I manage to have #2 I am going to have my tubes tied so contreception becomes a non-issue. My sister who is sure she does not want any kids has an IUD. She also had issues with the in-arm contraceptive.

#21 F1widow

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

Get a new GP, your current one sounds like she's been living under a rock for the last 30 years.

Like so many PP, Levlen made me insane moody; crying one minute, laughing the next, then mad, then trying to convince my DH to have sex with me. I'm on Yasmin at the moment and it's been pretty good. It actually made me feel like I was pregnant the first few weeks (in a good, kinda like the second trimester, kinda way).

#22 virtuallotus

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

QUOTE (SarahBelle48 @ 28/02/2013, 08:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, I finally got the chance to see the doctor tonight. Basically, she rubbished the idea that it could be the pill and said she'd never heard anything about Levlen being worse for moods. She said that most women get less moody on the pill. She did end up giving me a script for another one but I never realised how few contraceptive pill brands are PBS-subsidised. My doctor had to ring the pharmacist to find a pill that is on the PBS but not Levlen. In hindsight, I should've just asked for a private brand. She prescribed Norimin in the end.

I have been sent for blood tests to rule out any other possible reasons. So we'll just have to wait and see.



What a moron of a doctor. Depressive symptoms is on the list of possible side effects, in the information leaflet provided...I just checked.

Also, http://www.bayerresources.com.au/resources...et/file9541.pdf


Fail doktard is fail.

#23 vanessa71

Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:14 PM

As soon as I read you thread title, I said to myself, 'if you're on Levlen it certainly could'.

I went on it very briefly before trying to get pregnant with DS, I had never been so moody in all my life. I remember once going right of at DD, who wasn't even two, and that was just not like me, I stopped after that. I have been on a few pills, but nothing made me as mad as Levlen did.



#24 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

OP, your GP is an idiot. I advise you seek help from a different doctor, who knows what they are talking about.




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