Are birth control pills closely linked to depression?

October 12, 2021

Are birth control pills closely linked to depression?

Danish scientists have come to this discovery quite by accident, analyzing data from women who drink antidepressants. In the end, they were clearly linked to hormonal forms of contraception.


A team of experts has established that birth control pills, but also birth control pills, rings and patches carry the risk of developing depression in women.

The risk of depression was particularly associated with adolescents. Experts first analyzed data on antidepressants prescribed to about one million women when they found that those who used hormonal contraceptives were significantly more likely to start taking antidepressants than women who did not use hormonal contraceptives.

The study authors omitted from the database all women who had a previous diagnosis of depression as well as those with a psychiatric diagnosis. Those have been followed for seven years. Of these, 55 benefited from Cormon contraception.During that time, 133,178 women received antidepressant medication for the first time, and 23,077 were diagnosed with depression.

Responding to women who did not use hormonal contraception, it was found that:

  • those who used the pills were 23 more likely to have an antidepressant for the first time during the study
  • those using pills containing only the hormone progestin were 34 deviations prone to obtaining an antidepressant
  • women who used a contraceptive ring were at risk of 60 to get an antidepressant while in those who used a contraceptive patch for use from the use of antidepressants was regulated.

Among the girls from the age of 15 to 19, the risks of using antidepressants for the first time will be 80 percent, and will increase to 120 si it is used for protection only on the basis of hormonal progression.

Dr.Ojvind Lidegaard , major author study , says no analysis has been published so far because they are usually the ones used to stop taking pills that would have availability changes.



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