Side effects of hormonal contraception: one in ten women suffers from depression
The majority of German women use contraceptive pills for contraception. However, taking these drugs involves health risks. According to a recent survey, one in ten women suffers from depression as a side effect of the pill, hormone spiral, etc.
Birth control pill with side effects
Fast, safe and convenient: Many women still use hormonal contraception. No wonder - the contraceptive pill provides reliable protection and sexual freedom when used and used correctly. However, taking the drug is associated with unpleasant side effects. Among other things, modern birth control pills pose a high risk of thrombosis. Researchers also reported that the pill increases the risk of brain tumors. And according to Swedish scientists, taking such drugs affects women's wellbeing. But there are even more dangers: According to a recent survey, hormonal contraception is often associated with depression.
It has long been known that the birth control pill is not a harmless candy, but a drug with serious side effects. Nevertheless, it remains the preferred contraceptive for many women.
According to a survey by the Siemens company health insurance company SBK, 39 percent of 18-24 year olds and 38 percent of 25-34 year olds take the birth control pill. The figure for the 35-45 year olds is still 18 percent, and nine percent for the respondents aged between 45 and 54.
As the health insurance company reports in a message, more than a third of the respondents (43 percent) stated that they had used the pill before, but no longer considered it as a contraceptive.
The hormone spiral, on the other hand, is less popular: only three percent currently use it for contraception.
In every tenth woman, the pill leads to depression
It is nothing new that hormonal contraceptive methods always involve risks. However, the latest figures are alarming: one in ten women report suffering or suffering from depression as a result of taking it.
Almost a third of 18 to 24 year olds (30 percent) say they have had this side effect. "This is a worrying result," said Dr. Alexander Klostermann, gynecologist at the SBK health telephone.
"Depression is a serious mental illness that should be heavily burdened and treated for those affected."
In addition to weight gain (28 percent) and headache / migraine (17 percent), frequent side effects include sexual discomfort (nine percent).
Younger women between the ages of 18 and 24 in particular are more likely to notice side effects (65 percent). In contrast, across all age groups, 51 percent of those surveyed stated that they had not noticed any side effects.
Hormonal contraception? No thanks!
The survey shows that many women do not use hormonal contraceptive methods or are open to hormone-free alternatives.
15 percent of all respondents stated that they had never taken the contraceptive pill and that it will not be considered a contraceptive in the future.
As an alternative to hormonal contraception, condoms are very popular among participants of all ages (48 percent). The copper spiral is an option especially for the age groups 18-24 (26 percent) and 25-34 (20 percent).
The calendar method, which uses a cycle length calculation, is also worth considering for eleven percent of women.
For women between 18 and 34 years of age, however, other hormonal contraceptive methods, such as a pill with a different composition, would be considered despite side effects (41 percent).
Nonetheless, a total of 63 percent of all women would consider non-hormonal contraception as an alternative. (ad)