Depressed? On Birth Control?


Holy Hormones Journal: In 2015 the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released data on emerging health risks for  women in the US. Nos. 2 and 3 were mental health and suicide respectively. Disturbing. not to mention other analysis of CDC data showed that women are on par with premature deaths in Mexico – even though the US spends 10 X’s as much on health care.

And now it appears that birth control use may be to blame… or part of the equation. Let’s face it the pill as well as all other synthetic hormones suppresses ovulation at the seat of the brain. How do we feel when suppressed? Depressed – right?

Women are also unaware that synthetic hormones like any medication – deplete micronutrients in the body. Vital vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are crucial for mental/emotional and physical health. I have blogged extensively on this many, many times.

The birth control pill and the use of other contraceptives is an uncontrolled experiment and the largest in medical history. We have all bought into this… but at what cost?

We are now seeing hormone imbalance in epidemic proportions… depression, PMS, PMDD, postpartum depression. It is high time that we start relating this back to the pill and other LARCs  (long acting reversible contraceptives).

And it is also time to bolster our nutritional status – replace nutrients lost via pregnancy and via contraception.

The late Leonard Shlain, poses a question we all need to think about:

What is the true nature of the bargain a woman makes with Mother Nature when she intervenes to prevent nature from running its course?

Sex time and Power -How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
Leonard Shlain

Part I Iron, Sex and Women
Section 8. Grandmothers/Circumcision

So sad that our Hormonal Honey’s – adolescent girls are bearing the brunt of this bargain.

They are carrying the burden of years of synthetic hormone use. The combination of birth control and antidepressants is nothing short of an addiction death sentence for these girls.

Women taking pill more likely to be treated for depression, study finds

Danish research finds that women on combined contraceptive pill are 23% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants

The Guardian
September 28, 2016

Women who take the contraceptive pill are more likely to be treated for depression, according to a large study.

Millions of women worldwide use hormonal contraceptives, and there have long been reports that they can affect mood. A research project was launched in Denmark to look at the scale of the problem, involving the medical records of more than a million women and adolescent girls.

It found that those on the combined pill were 23% more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant by their doctor, most commonly in the first six months after starting on the pill. Women on the progestin-only pills, a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone, were 34% more likely to take antidepressants or get a first diagnosis of depression than those not on hormonal contraception.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, found that not only women taking pills but also those with implants, patches and intrauterine devices were affected.

Adolescent girls appeared to be at highest risk. Those taking combined pills were 80% more likely and those on progestin-only pills more than twice as likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than their peers who were not on the pill.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.