CHARROSÉ KING

The Link Between Birth Control and Depression

A recent study of more than one million women suggests that there may be a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. Compared with women not using the medication, users of hormonal contraceptives (including the “pill,” the contraceptive patch and vaginal rings) were more likely to be diagnosed with depression or prescribed an antidepressant. While this study reveals important information, former APA President Nada Stotland, M.D., cautions that it is "only important as a stimulus to more research," and should not be a cause for premature action by patients and physicians.
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