The hormonal contraceptives are used by millions of women worldwide to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Their effectiveness is indisputable but, they may be intimately related to cases of depression.
After 10 years of studies of one million women between 15 and 34 years, researchers have determined that those who use the combination pill are 23% more likely to be diagnosed with depression, and those who take the mini-pill 34%.
At the same time, the risk of depression is much higher in users of hormonal IUDs than traditional oral contraceptives, and adolescents are more susceptible than adult women.
Although many women who use hormonal contraceptives do not suffer from adverse mental health problems, the risk of depression increases in those who are at risk, such as adolescents.
The depression is a known side effect of oral contraceptive pills, along with others that many women do not take into account. Women are more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than men, due to hormonal changes during the cycle. What this study showed was that they had a certain predisposition, they presented an increased risk of depression.
The estrogens play an important role in female emotions, and can interfere with brain activity. This is the reason why women suffering from migraines and severe headaches should not take pills containing estrogens.
The estrogen worsen these tables and increase the risk of bleeding disorders, stroke and deep vein thrombosis risk in females. They also interfere with melatonin (the sleep hormone) which in turn is a precursor to serotonin, commonly called the happiness hormone.
What artificial estrogens they are also endocrine disruptors, why that disrupt the whole system and affect both physical and emotional health. When found in oral contraceptive pills, they also increase the risk of cervical erosion, which is why new generations of progesterone contraceptives are more appropriate than those of estrogens.
In summary, preventing an unplanned pregnancy is important, it is crucial to consult with the specialist when choosing which contraceptive method to use, as different methods work best for different people.