BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A new study performed by scientists from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm discovered that birth control pills have a negative impact on women’s well-being. Women have always known that this form of contraception might not be the best option to consider. Now, this study proves that their quality of life is significantly affected if they take oral contraceptives.
The Swedish researchers wanted to test this hypothesis and see how birth control pills might impact a woman’s life. Thus, they developed a randomized study which involved 340 women aged between 18 and 35. The study only involved women in good health, so that the effects of the contraceptives would be clear.
Women who use birth control pills are moodier and more irritable
For a period of three months, the participants were given either birth control pills or placebos. The pills contained high levels of certain hormones, such as ethinylestradiol or levonorgestrel. These hormones might have been the ones which affected the women’s general state.
Researchers discovered that the women who took the real pills felt different, as compared to those who received a placebo. These women reported lower levels of well-being. They experienced sudden changes of mood, felt no longer in control of themselves and less energetic. Despite affecting their psychological state, the pills did not increase their risk of depression.
The reports of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 62 percent of women resort to oral contraception methods. These women have always been complaining that the pill makes them feel moodier and affects their psychological well-being, but there was no study which linked these effects to the birth control method.
Birth control pills, the most widespread method of contraception
These adverse effects determined the women to switch to other contraceptive methods, which do not use hormones. Some of these methods are condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, and IUDs made of copper. However, pills remain one of the most popular contraceptives, as women are skeptical about the safety of other methods.
Despite the fact that so many women opt for the hormonal method of contraception, there are few studies which deal with the subject. Researchers are trying to raise awareness on the fact that these pills might have serious effects on a woman’s health, especially if she chooses them without medical advice. Birth control pills might be effective in keeping away unwanted pregnancies, but they might come with other problems.
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