Hormonal birth control linked to depression?

There was a difference in risk rates between women who used oral and non-oral forms

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(CNN) – The centers for disease control and prevention says that about 30-percent of American women who use the pill eventually quit because of dissatisfaction with side effects. One of those side-effects, depression, is the subject of a new study out of Denmark.

If you’re a woman taking hormonal birth control, like the pill, depo Provera or other long-acting reversible contraceptives you might be more susceptible to depression.

That’s according to a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Researchers analyzed 14-years’ worth of data collected from more than one million Danish women between the ages of 15 and 34.

They found that the use of hormonal birth control was linked to both a diagnosis of depression and the use of anti-depressants compared to women who didn’t use that method of contraception.

Around one-in-four American women between the ages of 15 and 44 use hormonal birth control, according to the national center for health statistics.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen noted that there was a difference in risk rates between women who used oral and non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptives.

They also said that the association doesn’t imply that hormonal birth control alone causes depression they say more research is needed to better understand the link.

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