7 Common Birth Control Side Effects

Hormone-based birth control often comes with side effects that can range from slightly annoying to bad enough to make you switch. You may not know what you can tolerate until you've given a couple of them a try.

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Mood swings

If it's really the birth control and not some other factor that's bringing you down, you may need to find a nonhormonal method.

"In my experience, if a woman has depression with one pill, switching (formulations) usually doesn't help," says Dr. Hutcherson.

All hormonal methods are likely to cause the same problem. For some patients who really want to stay on the Pill, Dr. Hutcherson sometimes prescribes an antidepressant as well, with good success.

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