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Could your birth control put you at risk for depression?

Posted at 6:20 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 18:20:15-04

A new study of more than one million Danish women found a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression, particularly among adolescent users.

The research found women between 15 and 19 years old taking progesterone and estrogen oral contraceptives are at an 80 percent higher risk of developing depression than their peers who do not use contraceptives. 

“I think there have been studies in the past that disputed it and that agreed with it,” Dr. Carmen Todoro tells 7 Eyewitness News.

He says that there are a number of studies conducted each year around the world. Dr. Todoro says although this study was a larger study it is important to use it as a warning.

“I've always asked the patient that you know there could be a risk of depression,” Todoro says.

“If this this does occur stop the pill and consider a different form of contraception.”