A study from Dutch researchers shows that there is a connection between birth control pills and depression. Women who use contraceptive methods are more prone to this state of mind, as specialists suggest. Most of the teenagers are also affected.
The research is based on the results obtained on tests. More than a million participants helped the Dutch scientists with the study. The findings point out that there are twenty-three percent chances that women who take birth control pills to show signs of depression. Those who don’t use contraceptive means are free of this risk.
As far as teenage girls are concerned, the rate is even higher with them. According to specialists, eighty percent of teenagers are prone to suffer from depression because they use birth control pills. Experts also say that starting using contraception at an early age leads to increased chances of getting depression.
Except for these pills, there are other contraceptive methods for women. The mini-Pill and IUDs are also used for the same purpose. However, doctors suggest that the risk of developing depression is even higher with these methods. Statistics show that women who used them have thirty-four, and forty, respectively, chances to feel depressed if compared to women who don’t use birth control methods.
The study is based on thirteen years of research, which started back in 2000. Women who were a part of the study were aged 15 to 34. Researchers needed information on the birth control methods they used. Also, an important feature of all the participants was that none of them had previously suffered from depression.
Another finding of the study suggests that depression could strike in the early period after starting to use contraception. Research shows that the effects begin to wear off within the next two years. In addition to this, women who started using contraception later in life are less likely to get severe depression.
The study from the Dutch researchers points out that there is a link between birth control pills and depression. However, they are not suggesting that these pills actually cause the condition. Moreover, researchers are clearly not trying to alarm women or persuade them into not using contraception.
In order to observe the real connection between birth control pills and depression, more in-depth analysis is required. For the time being, the existent study was published in JAMA Psychiatry at the end of September.
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