Is Birth Control Making You Depressed?

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Depression is one of the most common side effects from taking hormonal birth control.

News 13s Justin Roth spoke to local experts about this not so surprising link.

Women who use birth control, such as pills, implants or patches are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant

Dr. Patricia Bell is a Gynecologist at Cedar Health Clinic she says, "Hormones are very complicated as is depression so the hormonal fluctuation in teens is more exaggerated because of puberty so when you add hormones to already to someone who's hormonal I can see how it could cause problems."

Dr Bell says this is not a red alert to stop your regular medicine.

Women all over the country take birth control and contraceptives to prevent pregnancies. So which age group is most susceptible to depression as a side effect?

Angela Neff is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming she says, "The increase risk is really at the younger age so between 15 and 19 really have a drastic increase risk of developing depression with hormonal contraception especially pediatrician only hormonal contraceptives."

What makes teens more susceptible to depression?

"I think its just because hormonal changes in teenagers and also brain development so their just at an age for increase risk of depression overall" Neff says.

Teenagers are one of the highest growing age groups for suicides in America.

"It's just a vulnerable time in adolescence"

If you feel depressed while on birth control. You should speak with your doctor right away, and Doctor Bell adds, "The decision to get on birth control is a big decision and you really have to individualize it with each patient so you can't make any blanket summaries or conclusions.

Both Neff and Doctor Bell agree birth control is safe, but if your current medication is bringing on unwanted side effects. Your doctor could prescribe you with a different brand that could help.



 
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