Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Pill and Depression

Did you know that birth control pills double a woman’s chance of becoming depressed?  According to research by Dr. Jayashri Kulkarn (2005) at Monash University, women taking the pill are twice as likely to be depressed compared with women who are not taking the pill. She found that non-users had an average depression rating of 9.8; women using the pill had an average depression rating of almost 18.

At least some of the pharmaceutical companies are aware of this, as the YAZ website says “Patients becoming significantly depressed while taking oral contraceptives should stop the medication and use an alternate method of contraception in an attempt to determine whether the symptom is drug related.”

Has anyone had a physician who has suggested coming off the pill when you presented with depression?  On the other hand, how many suggested an anti-depressant instead?  Were you aware that the pill could double your risk of suffering from depression?  Do you feel that the pill affected your mood?