A lot of ladies, young and matured, know the pros and cons of the contraceptive pill which we all have found some form of refuge in.
Yes, it can help to make our skin clearer than a summer sky. Yes, it helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it can help get our crazy hormones under control.
But there are some serious side effects which some of you might not be aware of… which many of you might be experiencing right now.
A recent study of over one million girls and women, from Denmark researchers, has revealed a disturbingly strong link between oral contraceptive pills and the black dog that is depression.
The study determined that those who took progestogen-only pills (most often known as the ‘mini pill’) were over two times more likely to need antidepressants than women not on this form of pill.
For the options that were combined pills, containing the hormones oestrogen and progestogen, depression rates were still significantly higher.
The University of Copenhagen, spearheaded by Dr. Øjvind Lidegaard, dedicated thirteen years to the study, and told the ABC’s Hack program, “there is a significantly increased risk of developing depression after starting up on hormone contraception.”
From a personal stand point, this study rings far too true and had this information been brought to my attention sooner (and that of many other women), and had I been put on the correct pill for me, then a lot of physical and mental turmoil could have been avoided… the near-ending of a life could have been avoided.
Time and time again, after suffering from some of the many negative and rare side effects of contraceptive pills, I have had GP’s deny that any of my physical ailments (from depression to extreme fatigue, black outs, nausea, vomiting, migraines, and more…) have had anything to do with that little pill…
After six months of trying to find an answer for what the hell was wrong, I ceased taking it and all side effects disappeared.
With over 30 percent of the Australian female population believed to be taking the pill, this is something young women should be made aware of upon their visit to the Doctor, when they’re seeking contraceptive advice.
Take your health into your own hands and make yourself aware of the not well-known side effects of contraception and discuss everything with your doctor before you make any decisions. Make sure you're on the right contraception for YOU.
Our own mental and physical wellbeing, as well as that of our friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, might otherwise be brought under serious danger.
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If you’re experiencing any side effects which may be attributed to your contraceptive choices, be sure to seek medical advice asap.
And if you are concerned that you may be suffering from depression, reach out to a mental health professional or get in touch with Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) or Lifeline (13 11 14) who will be there to help you through.
YOU are valued, YOU are important, and this world is all the better because YOU exist.
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