This new study has us freaked out about hormonal birth control — so we asked a doctor
Most women have been through a hell of a lot in search for the right birth control. Contraception can potentially be a really stressful thing to figure out, even though it’s the very thing that’s supposed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. A recent study on the side effects of hormonal birth control has only added to the noise, making us think twice about whether it’s a worthwhile way to prevent pregnancy.
JAMA Psychiatry recently published a study that surveyed 1 million Danish women who were aged between 15 and 34. Over the span of 13 years, researchers studied which birth control they used, as well as whether they had any diagnoses of depression or used any antidepressants. What they found wasn’t exactly promising.
Apparently, the women who used oral contraception were more likely to use antidepressants than those who didn’t.
They discovered that young women who used the ring or the IUD were three times more likely to use antidepressant than those who used other methods of birth control. Overall, the link between antidepressant use and injections, implants, IUDs, and rings was a worrisome one. People are starting to worry that birth control could potentially cause depression — or at least exacerbate it in some people who already struggle with a mental illness.
But how much of this are we supposed to take as gospel? How much are we supposed to let this influence our own birth control use? HelloGiggles spoke with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a NY gynecologist, assistant clinical professor OBGYN, and author of V is for Vagina, who says this information shouldn’t make us throw in the towel of the pill just yet.