Taking Birth Control Pills Can Increase Risk of Depression


One the most common method of preventing unwanted pregnancy is using birth control pills.

The CDC statistics say there are 16% of American women used pills as a form of birth control.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are also known as hormonal pills as they release or contain synthetic hormones.

These synthetic hormones include progestin and estrogen, which prevent pregnancy in certain ways.

Device and implants are also called hormonal birth controls as they contain similar synthetic hormones just pills birth control pills.

However, a recent study published in the JAMA Psychiatry1 raised concern on the use of birth control pills.

The findings of the study suggest that depression is a potential adverse effect of taking birth control pills.

The researchers discovered that women who are taking birth control pills especially adolescents are linked to a subsequent use of antidepressants. They also found that it is also an initial diagnosis of depression.

According to Dr. Øjvind Lidegaard, study lead supervisor, and professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark told CNN;

We have known for decades that women’s sex hormones estrogen and progesterone have an influence on many women’s mood.

Therefore, it is not very surprising that also external artificial hormones acting in the same way and on the same centers as the natural hormones might also influence women’s mood or even be responsible for depression development.

Side Effects of Birth Control Pills

Years prior to this study, there have been many reports about the side effects of taking birth control pills. Among the reported side effects include mood changes, low libido, irritability, depression, and anxiety.

In fact, one functional medicine doctor, Dr. Kelly Brogan tell her patients to get off taking birth control pills.

This is not the first study to linked birth control pills to depression. In 2007, one study published in the Expert Opinion on Drug Safety2 had similar findings.

Another earlier study back in 2001, researchers3 were already had initial findings with regards to the effect of oral contraception on mood.

Women and Their Experiences

Some women are brave enough to share their experiences on cameras. Here are some of them who posted their experiences on YouTube. You may not be experiencing what they experienced, but these may help someone you know who do.

Here’s another woman’s experience. Her video is long and she did it in 2 parts. Below is part 2 of her video where she tells her experience. You can watch part 1 on Youtube.

There are many of these similar stories, which you can find on Youtube. It is also important to note that there are women who don’t have negative changes or experiences while taking birth control pills.

Unfortunately, it does not mean you’re totally resilient to it. You should consult or talk to your health care provider and ask advice with regards to the use of oral contraception.

Men’s Role in Family Planning

While there are other several options of non-hormonal birth control, there’s no better than men getting involved in the process. In most cases, birth control is focused on women only, but in reality, men can so something to by using a condom.

There are also condoms designed for women as well as other non-hormonal options like a cervical cup, diaphragm, and sponge.

Role of Good Communicaton

Regardless whether you’re married or not, communication plays an important role in planning a family and even maintaining an active and healthy sex life.

Communication is an effective means of maintaining an intimate and interesting relationship. The longer the couple lives together, the happier and stronger the bonding.

When it comes to having children, the couple should discuss and approach it in an intimate way.

Hence, have open mind discussing this topic on a regular basis. The more you talk about it, the more you learn what your partner wants and don’t want.

Eventually, you’ll end up in one common goal especially planning the number of kids and avoiding unwanted pregnancies.

Stop Taking Birth Control Pills Can Boost Sex Drive

Lastly, listen to an interview with Dr. Jennifer Landa by iHealthtube. She reveals how taking birth control pills can negatively impact a woman’s sex drive.

She also disagrees that birth control pills are useful for irregular bleeding. This is a very educational interview. So, before leaving, watch and listen to what Dr. Landa says about birth control pills.

You may not agree with her totally but at least, this might makes you think differently. And, perhaps, take a closer look at it and do your own research. Birth control pills as Dr. Landa says cause hormone imbalances. The irregular bleeding many women have is a sign of hormonal imbalance.


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