Birth control offers a lot of benefits, from preventing unwanted pregnancies to even regulating hormones and menstrual cycles. Unfortunately, when the birth control pill you're using isn't right for you, it can do the exact opposite. I took one brand of birth control pills for 10 years before I realized they weren't working for me anymore. When my insurance stopped covering the brand I had been using, I switched brands, and after a few months, found that the new pill made me feel like a different person. I had horrible mood swings and depressive episodes I had never had before. For a while, I didn't know what was happening to me, and honestly, it was a little terrifying. Eventually, I realized it was the new birth control pills and went off of it — and then everything got better. This is common — some brands work for some women, while others don't.
It can be hard to tell if your birth control isn't right for you, because many of the side effects of that can be confused with other things. I, for example, didn't know that a birth control pill could make someone feel depressed until my doctor explained that it could. It's really important to know how to tell if you need to switch things up.
If you read this and end up thinking your birth control isn't working for you, don't stress — you have options. There are a few different methods you can try out there (like another brand of pills, the Nuvaring, an IUD, etc.), so just talk to your doctor to figure out what might be a better fit for you. You might find that you need to experiment a little bit before finding the right method, but the process is worth it. You shouldn't have to suffer bad side effects for anything! Here are a few unexpected ways to tell if your birth control isn't right for you: