Could Birth Control Be Causing Depression in Women?

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -- While birth control could help some women control their mood swings related to PMS or PMDD, it may be doing just the opposite for others.

New researched published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests the hormonal medication is linked to depression in about half of the women who use it.

According to the study, 50% of the million women who participated in the study had a greater chance of developing depression. About 20% of the women had to be put on antidepressants, with many of them being teenagers.

The study also suggests some doctors are not addressing this side effect.

Again, hormonal birth control can help boost your mood if you have severe mood swings during that time of the month.

If you're feeling like your medication is messing with your mood, you should see your doctor about alternatives.

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