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20 April 2017, 04:13 | Melissa Porter
PixabayBirth Control Negatively Affects Your Quality Of Life & It's Not Surprising At All By Karen Fratti35 min agoShare
"Despite the fact that an estimated 100 million women around the world use contraceptive pills we know surprisingly little today about the pill's effect on women's health", says Professor Angelica Lindén Hirschberg, leading the study. They were randomly assigned to either placebo pills or hormonal contraception containing ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, the most common form of combined birth control in Sweden, where the study took place.
Also, the study only looked at women over three months - it will require longer monitoring to get a more accurate idea of how the contraceptive pill affects women. They stressed the pill's negative effect on quality of life should be considered of clinical importance when it comes to prescribing birth control to women.
"The scientific base is very limited as regards the contraceptive pill's effect on quality of life and depression and there is a great need for randomised studies where it is compared with placebos".
The combined pill is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, if taken correctly. Both general quality of life and specific aspects like mood/well-being, self-control and energy level were affected negatively by the contraceptives. Anyone who's ever used hormonal birth control can likely attest to that, but the more science to back it up, the better. These pills are known to carry the least risk of thrombosis.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet found a link between combined birth control pills and decrease in wellbeing in healthy women. The researchers found that women who took the birth control pills reported overall a lower "quality of life", as a press release puts it. These current findings suggest that this particular method of birth control isn't associated with depression, but is linked to other negative emotional side-effects.
"We do not want women to stop using oral contraceptives due to our results but if a woman is anxious about negative influence on mood and life quality she should discuss this with a doctor", noted Hirschberg.
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