Teen Girls On Birth Control More Likely Be Depressed

Oct 28, 2019 |

PsyPost – Teenage girls using birth control pills tend to score higher on a measure of depressive symptoms compared with their nonusing counterparts, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry.

But these symptoms seem to diminish once they enter adulthood.

“Data on depressive symptom severity of women currently using oral contraceptives is needed to provide information on the immediate associated risks,” said study author Anouk de Wit, a MD/PhD/MPH trainee in the Department of Psychiatry at University Medical Center Groningen (Netherlands):

“This is one of the more common concerns teens and their parents have when considering taking the pill. Most women first take an oral contraceptive pill as a teen, and teens have lots of challenging emotional issues to deal with so it especially important to monitor how they are doing.”

For their study, the researchers analyzed data from 1,010 female participants ages 16 to 25.

The researchers found an association between oral contraceptive pill use and depressive symptoms among 16-year-old participants — but not older age groups.

“Girls aged 16 years reported 21.2% more depressive symptoms compared with 16-year-old girls not using oral contraceptives. However, this difference in depressive symptoms was not seen at the ages 19, 22, 25,” de Wit told PsyPost.

Sixteen-year-old girls using birth control pills reported more crying, hypersomnia, and eating problems than their counterparts … Read more. 

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