Could Birth Control Pills Make You Feel Bad?

Posted: April 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s Not in Your Head: Your Birth Control Pills Might Be Making You Feel Crappy

A new study found that oral contraceptives lowered women’s quality of life. The average decrease was small, but for certain women the effects could be significant, researchers say.

2017 Study Abstract

Objective
To determine whether there is a causal effect of oral contraceptive (OC) treatment on general well-being and depressed mood in healthy women.

Design
Double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled trial.

Setting
University hospital.

Patient(s)
Three hundred and forty healthy women aged 18–35 years randomized to treatment, of whom 332 completed the data collection at follow-up evaluation.

Intervention(s)
A combined OC (150 μg levonorgestrel and 30 μg ethinylestradiol) or placebo for 3 months of treatment.

Main Outcome Measure(s)
Primary outcome measures: global score of Psychological General Well-Being Index (PGWBI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI); secondary outcome measures: six separate dimensions of the PGWBI.

Result(s)
The OC treatment statistically significantly decreased general well-being compared with placebo −4.12 (95% CI, −7.18 to −1.06). Furthermore, OC decreased the following PGWBI dimensions compared with placebo: positive well-being −3.90 (95% CI, −7.78 to −0.01), self-control −6.63 (95% CI, −11.20 to −2.06), and vitality −6.84 (95% CI, −10.80 to −2.88). The effect of OC on depressive symptoms and on the PGWBI dimension depressed mood were not statistically significant.

Conclusion(s)
This study demonstrates a statistically significant reduction in general well-being by a first-choice OC in comparison with placebo in healthy women. We found no statistically significant effects on depressive symptoms. A reduction in general well-being should be of clinical importance.

A responsible physician should warn their patients that some women generally don’t feel well on the pill and, if this turns out to be the case, alternatives are available.

Via Could Birth Control Pills Make You Feel Bad ? — DES Daughter Network
Comments
  1. futuret says:

    LET ME TELL YOU THEY CAN. WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, THEY PUT ME ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, TO CONTROL MY MENSTRUAL CRAMPS. THE NEIGHBORS KNEW I WAS ON MY CYCLE, BECAUSE THEY COULD HEAR ME SCREAM FROM THE WINDOWS. THESE PILLS MADE ME DEPRESSED, MY LEGS CONSTANTLY HURT, I WAS SLUGGISH, AND I HAD TO MISS SCHOOL AT TIMES. LATER THEY PUT ME ON DARVON COMPOUND 65, THAT WAS A PROBLEM AS WELL. DOWN THE LINE THEY FOUND OUT I HAD HYPOGLYCEMIA, AND WAS EXPERIMENTED WITH EVERY KNOWN PILL THERE WAS, I COULD OPEN MY OWN PHARMACY. I HAD ANTI DEPRESSANTS, SINCE THE LOSS OF MY LATE FATHER, TRANQUILIZERS, WHY I DO NOT KNOW, AND SLEEPING PILLS TO EVEN TAKE DURING THE DAY. LET ME TELL YOU, VERY FEW PILLS ARE ANY GOOD IF ANY. THEY DID FIND A REASON TO PUT ME ON SOMETHING.

    • Like Shelby, futuret, I have always refused to take birth control pills, though I have seen many women in clinical practice who took them and experienced many side effects, particularly weight gain and depression. What I find really ironic is that by suppressing ovulation birth controls also suppress the natural estrus cycle (ie sex drive and sexual pleasure) that women experience. In other words, birth control pills were mainly designed for men’s convenience – ie to allow them to have sex without the risk of pregnancy – as women on bc pills seem to derive little pleasure from the sexual experience.

      • futuret says:

        THEY HAVE ALSO PUT ME ON RITALIN TOO. I AM JUST THANKFUL THAT I AM PILL FREE AND FOR YEARS POST MENOPAUSAL AT THE NICE AGE 63. LIKE TO BE ACTIVE, BUT CERTAINLY DO NOT CARE FOR YOUTH.

  2. I never took birth control pills. I would also refuse to take hormone replacement therapy. I would refuse all of that bullshit! Put men on birth control pills. Put men on sperm reduction medications to curtail them impregnating females. Make birth control ALL about the man and then let’s see how many lawsuits make it to the Supreme Court over that! Let’s see how many sperm reduction centers get bombed. Let’s see how many sperm reduction doctors are targeted for murder……..

    Anything that is put into your body that was made in some lab is no good! Stop buying what everyone is selling and look into other alternatives or tell men to leave you the hell alone unless they are coming up with birth control options to use themselves. I am real tired of the focus of birth control focused solely on the female and it is men who are usually coming up with these unsafe birth control ‘options’ for women, but are never coming up with these killer birth control ‘options’ for their own ass!

  3. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    Could birth control pills make you feel bad, MEN? Yeah! We ALL know the answer to that! No birth control pill is ever aimed at the males because men would have us believe that women are solely responsible for getting themselves pregnant!

    Chow down on this one!

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