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

Posted by Cindylou on May 28, 2001, at 17:34:25

In reply to Re: Birth Control Pill, Depression and St. John's Wort, posted by sl on May 28, 2001, at 16:19:16

Great! Thanks for the help ...

> > 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 KNOWS...you 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.
> http://www.hcrc.org/faqs/eveprim.html
>
> ..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)
> http://www.virtuesofsoy.bigstep.com/generic.html?pid=0
>
> > Any information on all of this "stuff" would be greatly appreciated!!
>
> There ya go!
>
> Good luck! :)
>
> sl


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