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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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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Estrogens and progestins also have neurological effects in addition to their conceptive effects.  This study only indicates that hormones are not to be lightly treated because of their multi-tasking effects in the body.

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