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Women On The Pill Are 23% More Likely To Be Treated For Depression

In a stunning report from Science Alert, researchers have revealed that women on hormonal contraceptives are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with and treated for depression. The risk increased up to 80 percent for teenage girls.

This adds to discouraging information I published a few years ago on studies that showed that artificially manipulating your hormones is a risky proposal. Most birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings and implants contain a combination of the derivatives of the hormones estrogen and progestin. They work by mimicking these hormones in your body to fool your reproductive system into preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs, thickening your cervical mucus to block sperm, and thinning the lining of uterus so it’s difficult for a fertilized egg to be implanted.

If you’re dealing with depression and you’re on the pill, you may want to look at alternative contraceptives such as condoms, diaphragms or cervical caps and sponges. You also can look at alternative ways of brightening your mood by improving your diet, seeking “talk” therapy and taking a regimen of vitamins and supplements that have been proven to help.

In that respect, low vitamin D levels have been linked to depression, so be sure that your levels are at least a healthy 40 ng/mL. Other supplements shown to lessen depression include SAMe, vitamin B12 and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which may raise serotonin levels in your body. A good exercise program also can help to alleviate both depression and anxiety disorders.
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