Birth Control Pill Linked to Depression

Birth Control Pills, Depression, and Natural Alternatives

An unprecedented Danish study confirms what many women already have experienced, linking birth control pills with depression. This large study, collecting data from over 1 million women over 14 years reported up to an 80% relative risk increase of depression. 

How can you tell if you have hormonal depression? Other symptoms include:
  • Irritability & Mood swings
  • Insomnia or increased desire for sleep 
  • Headache or Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Anxiety or poor mood
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Over half of women who take birth control do so for reasons other than avoiding pregnancy. Often, it is to address PCOS and endometriosis because it can make periods more regular, decrease heavy periods, alleviate headaches, and clear acne. Often, it masks symptoms, and once the pill is stopped, the symptoms return. 

At KCIH we address the underlying cause to these concerns. Hormone imbalances--including estrogen excess, low progesterone, and excess testosterone--are often the problem.  However,other hormones can be involved too (cortisol, the stress hormone; thyroid and more). Even poor digestion can negatively affect your hormones. We evaluate you as a whole person, determine if you have an imbalance and how to correct it. 

Interested in learning more? Review this symptom questionnaire to determine if you have a hormone imbalance.  Set up a consultation with us to get your hormones reset and on your way to vibrant health.

If you are experiencing discomfort, please  schedule a free 15-minute consultation.
Posted on October 13, 2016 .