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Contraceptives May Increase the Risk of Depression

Depression is a common complaint among women on the pill, and now research is backing them up. In a landmark study of more than a million women, a Dutch research team found that those on the pill were 23 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those who weren’t. In teenage girls, the figure jumped to 80 percent. The scientists, who published their findings online on September 28 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that other hormone-based contraceptives—like the mini-pill, the patch, the vaginal ring and hormonal IUD—were linked to even greater risks of depression.
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