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Study of 1 Million Women Finds a Link between Hormonal Pills and Depression

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

According to  JAMA Psychiatry November 2016 Issue

Key Points

Question  Is use of hormonal contraception associated with treatment of depression?

Findings  In a nationwide prospective cohort study of more than 1 million women living in Denmark, an increased risk for first use of an antidepressant and first diagnosis of depression was found among users of different types of hormonal contraception, with the highest rates among adolescents.

Meaning  Health care professionals should be aware of this relatively hitherto unnoticed adverse effect of hormonal contraception.

 

Conclusions and Relevance  Use of hormonal contraception, especially among adolescents, was associated with subsequent use of antidepressants and a first diagnosis of depression, suggesting depression as a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use.

For more explanation read  this Harvard health Blog