I just started new birth control pills with a higher hormone dose. I have also recently been feeling a lot of anxiety and even some symptoms of depression which has been impacting my ability to get schoolwork done. Is this being caused by the higher hormone dose, and should I go back to a lower dose as soon as possible?
It is possible for birth control pills to cause moodiness and irritability but significant depression symptoms and anxiety would be unlikely caused by the synthetic hormones alone. You can try a drop back in dose to see if you feel better, but your symptoms, if impairing your ability to manage your academics, deserve a review by a psychologist at the Counseling Center 650-3164 to evaluate the severity and best course of action for treatment.