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HUMP DAY: BIRTH CONTROL LINKED TO DEPRESSION, NEW STUDY SAYS

In the United States, about 62% of women 15 to 44 years old use some form of contraception. Among those women, 16% use the pill, 15.5% use female sterilization, and 7.2% use long-acting reversible contraception, such as an IUD or implant. Hormonal birth control not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but can also regulate menstrual cycles, treat endometriosis pelvic pain, control symptoms of fibroids, help acne breakouts, and reduce the risk of some cancers that affect reproductive organs.

However, a new study says that taking hormonal birth control might be associated with an increased risk for depression compared with those who don’t use contraception, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry last week. It is known that changes hormones have an influence on many women’s mood. Therefore, it is not a total shock that artificial hormones might also influence women’s mood or even be responsible for depression development, Among all hormonal birth control users in the study, there was a 40% increased risk of depression after six months, compared to women who did not use hormonal birth control.

Because there are so many benefits that come with taking hormonal birth control, women should only worry if they are experiencing signs of depression. Otherwise, you should continue normal use of your birth control method. Before making any decision, it is important that you talk to your primary doctor or OB/GYN.

For more info on this subject, visit the original article at: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/05/health/birth-control-depression-risk/index.html

Written and researched by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator

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