Wow... I had no idea. I've been on and off antidepressants for years, since I started my first BC (depo provera) at 16... I went off the antidepressants and depo at the same time, i was fine, lost 60 lbs (all of which i had gained from the BC & antidepressants), and was feeling great. Started taking marvelon 21, then things just went down hill... Gained 25 of those 60 lbs back, feeling like I need antidepressants again, working out 5 days per week eating the same amount as my 5 year old nephew and STILL gaining. This isn't normal!!
Thank you all... I've been crying uncontrollably, always feeling depressed, like a worthless piece of you-know-what - you know, the weight gain on the BCP isn't just hormonal, its probably also from the depression.
Since I was 16, I haven't felt as normal as I did this past summer... I was happy, confident, and it even affected my career - I was making money hand over fist. When you're self employed, that's AWESOME!
But since like September, it's all stopped... Which oddly enough is about 4 months after I started Marvelon. I moved in with the love of my life, my career was taking off, we're looking at getting married and buying a house, and I was happier in the summertime when our relationship was a bit rocky - I couldn't understand why, but now I know.
I'm coming off the BCP, and switching to a non-hormonal BC method asap... No more drugs! None! I don't want antidepressants, no more BCPs, not even Advil and Tylenol unless I really need it (and I've had horrible migraines since starting Marvelon, so it's no wonder I'm having to take a lot).
I wish there was more education out as far as what BCPs do to you. If I'd known all this, I probably wouldn't have started...
No more Marvelon!!!!