There are many women out there who feel hopeless and depressed due to taking birth control pills. But until now, this was not scientifically proven.
There was a study published in JAMA Psychiatry which for the first time proves the connection between birth control pills and depression in women, especially in adolescent women. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen conveyed a study in which they included women between ages 15-34 for over 13 years of observing. The study showed that birth control pills cause worsened symptoms of depression. They are especially dangerous for women ages between 15-19 who took oral contraceptives as they were 80% more likely to become depressive.
There are several side-effects of birth control pills and depression is one of them.
Katie Mettler reported for The Washington Post:
“Women who used the combined birth control pill, a mix of estrogen and progestin, were 23 percent more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants than nonusers, and progestin-only pills raised the likelihood by 34 percent. With the patch, antidepressant use doubled; risk increased by 60 percent for vaginal rings and 40 percent for hormonal IUDs.
And for teens age 15 to 19 taking combined oral contraceptives, the use of anti-depressants spiked 80 percent.
Although those percentages may seem shocking, the absolute change is a small but significant spike. Among women who did not use hormonal birth control, an average of 1.7 out of 100 began taking anti-depressants in a given year. That rate increased to 2.2 out of 100 if the women took birth control.”
Even though there are some reliable evidences, some scientists still oppose these findings. They claim that there are many other factors during development that can be linked with depression.
The scientists, on the other hand, who participated in the study, offer the first high statistical correlation between depression and these pills. They also claim that this research should be taken seriously as adolescent girls also participated in the study. The scientists say: “we feign understanding of the teenager’s inner world, but each new scientific revelation shows us just how little we actually know.” Another study published in Pediatrics connects the early puberty with depression and sometimes this disease may be triggered by immune response.
There is evidence that supports this study: Doctors rarely prescribe birth control pills to women diagnosed with depression as they worsen the symptoms.
It is already familiar that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. Although this study is quite complicated, women who take birth control pills need to be aware of the side-effects.