Can birth control cause depression?


Yes, birth control can contribute to depression. Studies have shown that women who take oral contraceptives may experience changes in brain structure, such as a significantly smaller hypothalamus volume. This alteration is associated with more depressive and anger symptoms because the hypothalamus plays a critical role in hormone regulation. Thus, altering hormone levels with contraceptives can potentially lead to mood changes 1.

Additionally, the hormonal components of birth control have been linked to depression and anxiety. It's important to consider that individuals react differently to hormonal changes, and some birth controls are more likely to cause emotional disturbances in certain women 2.

Birth Control and Brain Structure

Sal shares interesting science on how women who take oral contraceptives have significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, which can lead to more depressive and anger symptoms. This affects the structure of the brain since the hypothalamus controls certain hormones.

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