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The Link Between Birth Control Pills and Depression

Birth Control Pills

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  • Women who used hormonal birth control had a 40 percent increased risk of developing depression after six months compared to women who did not
  • The risk of developing depression after hormonal contraception use was greatest among adolescents
  • The use of hormonal birth control was also associated with subsequent use of antidepressant drugs

By Dr. Mercola

Birth control pills are the most popular form of contraception among U.S. women. They're taken by 16 percent of this population, while just over 7 percent use long-acting reversible forms of contraception, such as a hormonal intrauterine device or implant.

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