Study: Birth Control Pills Strongly Affect Women’s Wellbeing

A new study, executed by the team of researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, finds that the oral birth control pills connected to the lower quality of life and wellbeing in healthy women.birth control pills

For the research, the team of scientists took 340 healthy women aged from 18 to 35. One group of women received placebo pills, another group took contraceptive pills with ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel over the period of 3 months. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers found that the women who were given contraceptive pills reported that their quality of life was significantly lower at the end of the study than those who were given placebos.

Niklas Zethraeus, one of the researchers, says: “This might in some cases be a contributing cause of low compliance and irregular use of contraceptive pills. This possible degradation of the quality of life should be paid attention to and taken into account in conjunction with prescribing of contraceptive pills and when choosing a method of contraception.”

Hormonal Birth Control Pills May Raise the Risk of Depression

According to a new research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, women and teenage girls taking hormonal contraceptives, like birth control pills or implants, have the higher risk of depression.birth control pills

The study aimed to assess the influence of hormonal contraceptives on the risk for the first use of antidepressants and the first diagnosis of depression. For this purpose, the team of the researchers analyzed data from the Danish National Prescription Register and the Psychiatric Central Research Register from 1995 to 2013, including more than 1 million women aged from 15 to 34.

The study concluded that the risk was higher for teenage girls from 15 to 19 years old. Use of combined oral contraceptives or progestin-only pills among this age group was associated with 1.8 and 2.2 times greater relative risk of the first-time antidepressant use, respectively. Those using non-oral hormonal contraceptives were at 3 times greater risk.

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