The Pill's Link to Depression Still Unclear, Columbia University Study

Published: Oct 02, 2013

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Young women using hormone-based contraceptives, including the Pill, were no more likely to be depressed than other women in a new U.S. study. In fact, the women in their 20s and 30s on hormonal contraceptives had fewer symptoms of depression than their peers using other types of contraception or no contraception at all, researchers found. "This counters somewhat some of the prevailing wisdom that hormone contraceptive use in general is associated with adverse mental health outcomes in women," lead author of the study Dr. Katherine Keyes of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York told Reuters Health.

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