Study of a Million Women Confirms Links Between Depression and The Pill

A landmark study has found that women who take the pill are more likely to develop depression.

If you've ever had an inkling your pill is messing with your mind, a new study has found you're probably not wrong.

In fact, if you were on the pill as a teen, it's now been revealed you were nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression.

The University of Copenhagen studied over a million women between the ages of 15 and 34 over a 13-year period and found rates of depression and the use of antidepressants were significantly higher in women who took the contraceptive pill.

Young women were revealed to be the most vulnerable, with the study concluding that women aged 15 to 19 who took the combined pill were 1.8 times more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants.

The combined pill is the most common type of female contraceptive, which you may simply know as 'The Pill'. It contains both oestrogen and progestogen, and comes in many different dosages, which you may be more familiar with via their brand names, like Yasmin, Levlen, Yaz, and Diane, among others.

While the risk of depression associated with the combined pill lessened with age, it was still evident among all users.

Meanwhile, users of some Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), such as Mirena, also recorded higher rates of depression than women not using any hormonal contraceptives.

Progestogen-only pills (the Mini Pill) recorded highest rates of depression diagnoses across the board.

All in all, the study concluded that depression is a very real side effect of the pill which, let's be honest, really puts women between a big old rock and a hard place.

Can we get an ETA on that man pill, please? Yours sincerely, women everywhere.

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