One study coming from the University of Copenhagen has confirmed a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. This is something that should not be ignored!
This particular study has been the largest of its kind with around one million Danish women between the ages of 15 and 34 tracked over the course of 13 years. This is the kind of study we have needed for quite some time now. These researchers found that women taking the pill were more likely to be diagnosed with depression, 23 percent more likely to be exact. They also found women taking the progestin-only pills were 34 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression.
Sadly, teens were the most affected when it came to this study, it showed that teens who took oral contraceptive were at an 80 percent increased risk of being depressed. Teens are being pushed now more than ever to take these oral contraceptives but should they be taking them? I guess that depends on the reason why you are taking birth control as there are several reasons besides the obvious for taking it. There is also an increased risk of blood clots associated with newer hormonal contraceptives so when it comes to taking the pill, you need to make sure you know all of the risks before jumping into it.
Ojvind Lidegaard one of the study’s authors plans to focus research on coming on possible ”association between taking hormonal birth control and attempting or committing suicide.” For more information on this study please take the time to check out the video below. What do you think about this? Could it be a bigger issue than we think or is it something we should not be worrying about? Mental health is no laughing matter.