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Nuvaring Side Effects & Vitamin B6

I've noticed that many women are complaining about depression and hair loss as a result of nuvaring. Well, I found out that taking a healthy dose of vitamin b6 can help with the depression (specifically as a result of nuvaring, which happens to lead to some deficiency in b6), and most b vitamins can help with almost any hair problem, including hair loss. I take a woman's multi-vitamin from gnc (general nutrition center), and it's dosage of vitamins b6 and b12 and riboflavin are very comparable to a b-complex vitamin, and it's loaded with other things that are good for women. I started nuvaring a few days ago, and i've been seeing women complaining about feeling depressed almost immediately after inserting nuvaring. I credit my multi-vitamin to the fact that I have felt no depression/anxiety, and no hair loss, other than the typical amount that I shed normally. I also have not had skin problems, I basically don't notice anything different about myself. :d i'll keep you all posted. But I definitely reccomend looking for a woman's multi-vitamin.
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First Helper solar001

replied November 29th, 2005
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Too Much Is Bad
I had to learn this the hard way:
when you take a vitamin with b6, make sure that you don't take anything else that could have b6 (enery shots in smoothies, red bull, other energy drinks, etc.). I took my multi-vitamin in the morning (i usually take it at night) and during the day I got an "energy boost" in a smoothie that I had, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack! My heart was going 100 mph. I thought I was having a blood clot or something. I finally came down though, I had to splash my face with some cool water.
But yeah, too much can be bad, it needs to be a good balance of b6.
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replied April 7th, 2009
thank you :)
I am considering trying the nuvaring, however i have had a history of depression. I was worried that the nuvring might make the depression return, but i'm less worried now because i daily take a multi-vitamin and anti-depressant, so i feel confident i can take that birth conrol and not worry about depression and moodiness Smile
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replied September 10th, 2009
I personally have a history of depression. During the ~3 years I was on the nuva ring I experienced major depression. I was also very irritable a whole lot of the time and it felt as though I was unable to control my emotions. After I went off of the nuva ring those symptoms went away. I felt more calm. I kind of felt like I was on permanent PMS before. I recommend if you experience any changes in mood change to another method as soon as possible.
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