Birth Control Pills Linked to Depression

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 7:22 pm    


A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that women who use birth control pills are more likely to develop depression and take antidepressants what women who are not on birth control pills.

According to the study, the dual hormone oral birth control increased a woman’s chance of taking antidepressants by 23 percent.

The link between birth control pills and depression was especially startling in teenage girls. Teen girls were diagnosed with depression at a 70% higher rate than those not taking the pill. The rate of depression was also nearly tripled among teenage girls using the patch or vaginal rings.

Side effects listed for the pill have included moodiness, but this study was looking at the rate of women starting antidepressants after they got on the pill. The study shows a link, but not necessarily cause and effect.

These findings may make some women consider non-hormonal IUD’s which have their set of risks and problems. It is important for women to weigh the risks of being on hormonal birth control with the risks and consequences of not being on the pill and pregnancy occurring.