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Re: Birth Control Pill, Depression and St. John's Wort

Posted by sl on May 28, 2001, at 16:19:16

In reply to Birth Control Pill, Depression and St. John's Wort, posted by Cindylou on May 28, 2001, at 13:03:25

> Hi,
> I have a few questions regarding the birth control pill...
> 1. Can it CAUSE depression?

YES. Make sure the dr who gives you the pill may need to try a couple before you find a blend that doesn't cause a problem.

> 2. Can it HELP depression?

Umm...I'd guess yes, but I haven't HEARD that. I just think that if it can cause it, it shoud be able to help it, but it might be an obscure brand.

> 3. Can it interfere with the effects of St. John's Wort?

Nope. I realy doubt it.

> 4. Can it interfere with effects of Manerix (an MAOI)?

Not a clue. If you have a good pharmacist, I suggest you ask them. They know a LOT about that stuff.

> Quick background on me if you need it ...
> I have a long history of moderate depression< snip >
St John's Wort -- I know it's only for mild
depression, but my nutritionist is encouraging me

Um....better to be on that than NOTHING if you have a history of "severe" depression.

> I'm considering going on the Birth Control Pill, more for help with PMS than for birth control.

You can also try Evening Primrose Oil.

..or soy stuff. Soy has "isoflavones" that're good for "female problems". (that's in quotes cuz I dunno what either of those are supposed to mean, I just heard those)

> Any information on all of this "stuff" would be greatly appreciated!!

There ya go!

Good luck! :)





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