Hormonal birth control, especially among adolescent girls, was associated with subsequent use of antidepressants and a first-diagnosis of depression, suggesting depression may be an adverse effect of hormonal contraception, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Millions of women worldwide use hormonal contraception, available in pills, patches, implants, and intrauterine devices. The products have often been blamed for mood swings, though studies have not definitively established that link. Researchers with the University of Copenhagen in Denmark set out to investigate whether these types of contraceptives were linked to behavior changes, specifically depression leading to the use of antidepressants or a ... Read More
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