Does Birth Control Cause Depression?

In October 2016, a new Danish study was released showing a correlation between depression and birth control. It was quite the buzz throughout all media platforms and news sources, but should we actually be worried?

It is no secret that birth control comes with some crazy, unexpected side effects either for the better or worse. Here's the thing: All forms are different, and have complete different effects on each individual. For some, it's weight gain and mood swings but for others it creates a more balanced hormonal relationship along with a consistent menstrual cycle. For first timers on birth control, the increased hormonal levels do require a bit of an adjustment, which is normal. Mood swings are simply normal and are quite different than actual depression, which the study emphasizes. 

The study focuses in on Danish women ages 15-34 who are using some sort of hormonal contraception, not only limited to oral use. The study excluded women who had previous incidents and cases of depression to reduce any bias. Simply, the study found that birth control does not cause depression, but women who are on any form of hormonal contraceptive are at greater risk. The changes in estrogen levels may trigger depressive episodes among female users which creates the risk and link of depression. 

So, should you be worried? No. Yes, there is always that risk, but as we have gone through puberty and passed through adolescence, our risk is much lower. If you are experiencing more than mood swings, simply contact your doctor and change the form of contraception because, again, they are different for each individual. I think society as a whole brushes aside how much women go through, specifically the hormones and menstrual cycles. We definitely don't get the credit we deserve. Us women are pretty cool if you ask me.