Tuesday , 25 July 2017

Women taking the contraceptive pill are more likely to be treated for depression

A new study has linked the contraceptive pill to depression in women.

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A new study has linked the contraceptive pill to depression in women.

A large study in Denmark has found that women who take the contraceptive pill are more likely to be diagnosed with depression.

The pill is the most popular form of contraception in the UK, with it being taken by over four million women.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, looked into the health records of more than a million Danish women and young girls, aged between 15 and 34.

They looked into the type of pill the women were taking, and followed their progress from 2000 until 2013.

What did the study find?

The research found that those taking the combined pill (which has a combination of artificial hormones oestrogen and progesterone) were 23% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants later on, compared to those not taking the pill.

It then showed that those on the progestin-only pill (known in the UK as progestogen-only and contains a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone), were 34% more likely to be diagnosed with depression.

The percentage then drastically increased in young girls taking the combined pill, between the ages of 15 and 19, as researchers revealed they were 80% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

Those on progestin-only pills were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than others who weren’t taking the pill.

But Ali Kubba, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told The Guardian that the cause of depression in the women studied needs more study:

“Further research is needed to examine depression as a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use. Women should not be alarmed by this study as all women react differently to different methods of contraception.”

Is it just the pill?

The Danish study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, actually found that the contraceptive pill was not the only birth control linked to depression in women.

It revealed that women who had implants, the coil and vaginal rings, were also affected.

Source: www.netmums.com

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