Birth control pills rest on a counter in Centreville, Maryland, on July 6, 2022. - The US Supreme Court ruling that overturned the right to abortion spurred a rush to prepare for an America where the procedure -- and potentially other forms of reproductive care -- are banned in many states. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Unexpected Side Effects Birth Control Has On Your Mental Health
Aside from being an effective contraceptive (when used correctly), hormonal birth control has been shown to improve a range of ailments such as endometriosis, acne, and PMS. However, according to various studies, there is a strong link between hormonal birth control and depression.
Hormonal birth control is implicated as a possible cause of depression because it introduces synthetic hormones into the body, which interact with brain chemistry and can impact mood. According to a Danish study, progesterone-only types of birth control, including IUDs, are linked with higher rates of depression.
It is important to consult your doctor right away if you are using birth control pills and are experiencing signs of depression. Suicidal thoughts or attempts, persistent sadness or anxiety, hopelessness, fatigue, mood changes, low energy, changes in appetite, aches and pains, are among the symptoms of depression.