Hormonal contraception tied to increased depression risk

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Hormonal contraception, including birth control pills or implants, may increase a woman’s odds of depression and antidepressant medication use, according to a large study of Danish women. Based on data about prescription drug use for more than 1 million women, researchers found that those who started using hormonal contraception were significantly more likely to subsequently get a first-time prescription for antidepressant medication, compared to women not on hormonal contraception. For adolescent girls, starting on hormonal contraception was tied to an even greater increased risk of antidepressant use.
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