Before you freak out about birth control and depression, read this

Some recent news stories claiming the birth control pill is linked to depression have overstated the findings of a new study and caused panic among some women. Some journalists have misinterpreted the study findings and made it sound like the risk of depression from taking birth control is way higher than what the researchers report in their study. The study, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Psychiatry, does not prove that hormonal birth control causes depression. The study design means it cannot determine if one causes the other. The study authors know this and…
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