The verdict is just in. The birth control pill can cause among other things full-blown depression.
A novel study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, has proven that birth control hormonal contraceptives cause depression. This study was the largest of its kind so there is little if any margin of error in the results.
One million Danish women from 15 to 34 years of age were observed over a period of more than a dozen years. The conclusion which was reached was that birth control pills cause a lowering of mood and generally erase all the pleasure from life.
Those women who took combined oral contraceptive were 23% more likely to get depressed. Those females who employed progestin-only pills were 34% more likely to wind up in the doldrums.
Adolescents were the most likely candidates for depression. 80% of them were at risk of depression when taking the combined pill. The risk becomes twice as great with the progestin-only pill, according to the Guardian.
This is a mental health crisis in the making and the cause is simply hormonal birth control pills. Other methods of birth control such as the coil, the patch and the ring also increased the chances of contracting depression.
The really odd thing was that the rates of depression from these last three methods were even greater than the chances from any birth control pills.
In recent decades, the NHS as well as family planning clinics have encouraged teens to use these means of birth control since they beat taking a pill daily. Also it was wrongly assumed that the side effects were less than those from taking pills.
Such a practice is misguided to say the least. That is because such is hardly the case. Those females who already had a mild form of depression saw their symptoms become full-fledged depressive illness when they took these contraceptives.
Normally GPs do not prescribe these pills to females who have depression. Besides this, the females who face the nasty mental health symptoms on the pill tend to discontinue taking them. The emotional and psychological burden of the birth control pill is still an issue that needs more studies into its ABCs.
Mood changes for women on the pill are a very real issue. They need to be fully informed regarding this potentially deadly side effect. That is because if depression exceeds the normal limits it could end up causing the females to end up with suicidal ideation.