Study linking hormonal contraception and increased risk of depressionJon
FPA has been quoted in the press about a study into possible side effects of using hormonal contraception.
Research carried out with women living in Denmark has been published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It suggests that using hormonal contraception is associated with an increased risk of depression.
The Telegraph is one of the publications which has covered the story and included a comment from Executive Director, Natika H Halil.
Here is Natika’s comment in full:
“We welcome new research which can give us more understanding about contraception – ultimately, the more we know about different methods and what their effects may be, the more informed women are when it comes to making choices.
“We know many women are using hormonal contraception without problems, and we wouldn’t want to see women worried by this study to suddenly stop using their hormonal method, as this will leave them at risk of unplanned pregnancy.
“As with any method of contraception, it’s important that women have an opportunity to talk through the possible advantages and disadvantages with a health professional, so they can make a choice which is right for them. And for any women who are experiencing unwanted side-effects, it’s important for them to know that they don’t need to put up with them, and there are other methods they can try.
“Hormonal contraception has benefits that many women rely on but there are a number of non-hormonal methods which can be suitable. The IUD, also known as the coil, is most effective as it doesn’t rely on remembering to take or use it, but condoms and natural family planning can both be highly effective if used correctly and consistently.”