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A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The California Senate approved SB999 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that would allow California women to receive a year supply of hormonal birth control in one trip to the pharmacy, on Friday. It now goes the governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A new study linked birth control pills to depression in young women

We have known for decades that women's sex hormones estrogen and progesterone have an influence on many women's mood.
Dr. Øjvind Lidegaard, study author

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association network found a link between birth control pills and depression in people aged 15-34.

The study tracked Danish women, finding that 40 percent of the women on birth control had an increased risk of depression after six months. 

The study also found those who took birth control pills were 20 percent more likely to take antidepressants than those not on birth control.  Women using a birth control patch or vaginal ring were even more likely to take antidepressants, which experts said was based on the hormones in the contraceptives, not the method of taking them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 30 percent of women who have used the pill have quit because of its side effects. 

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