Antidepressants and Birth Control Pills

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-07-2011
Antidepressants and Birth Control Pills
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 12:21pm

I'm looking to get on antidepressants. I've been dealing with depression and other issues for years now and finally have good medical insurance to get antidepressants. I also want to get on the birth control pill (or maybe the patch). I have heard that antidepressants (and other drugs, even OTC drugs) can sometimes make birth control pills not as effective. Any truth to this? Is the patch any different while taking it with an antidepressant. Its been years since I've been on the pill and I've never been on antidepressants. I've never used the birth control (patch) either. I will be calling my primary doctor today to schedule an appointment to talk about antidepressants so I need some info on birth control as well. Thanks

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 12:35pm

Welcome to the board!

Please know, I am not a doctor, so please know, this is my personal experience with anti depressants and the birth control pill.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-20-2005
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 10:09pm


Just wanted to welcome you to the board.