Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women

Contraceptive pills reduce basic well-being in healthy females

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative effect on females’s quality of life but does not increase depressive signs. This is shown by a major randomised, placebo-controlled research study carried out by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in cooperation with the Stockholm School of Economics. The results have been published in the scientific journal Fertility and Sterility. “In spite of the fact that an estimated 100 million females worldwide use birth control pills we understand remarkably little today about the pill’s effect on females’s health. The scientific base is really limited as relates to the birth control pill’s effect on lifestyle and depression and there is a great requirement for randomised studies where it is compared with placebos,” states professor Angelica Lindén Hirschberg at the Department of Women’s and Kid’s Health at Karolinska Institutet. She has led just such a study together with Niklas Zethraeus, associate teacher at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Anna Dreber Almenberg from the Stockholm School of Economics, and Eva Ranehill of the University of Zürich. 340 healthy females aged in between 18 and 3 …
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