Link of Oral Contraceptives to Depression Under-studied

Rob Wipond
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Women widely report experiencing severe mood swings and depression while taking oral contraceptives, but the issue has been almost ignored in the scientific literature, according to a report in digital magazine Hazlitt. The manufacturers of Alesse, Yaz, and Tri-Cyclen oral contraceptives have all identified that about one to three percent of women in clinical trials experienced depression, reports Hazlitt, yet very few studies have specifically examined the issue and one even concluded that the drugs alleviate depression slightly.

Hazlitt quotes Australian Monash University researcher Jayashri Kulkarni noting that, “Depression is the most common reason given for discontinuation of OC [oral contraceptive] use, yet the relationship between the OC and depression remains controversial.”

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Rob Wipond
Rob Wipond is a Victoria, British Columbia-based freelance journalist who has been writing on mental health issues for fifteen years. His research has particularly focused on the interfaces between psychiatry, the justice system, and civil rights. His articles have been nominated for three Canadian National Magazine Awards, six Western Magazine Awards, and four Jack Webster Awards for journalism. He can be contacted through his website.

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