Contraceptive pill negatively impacts women’s well-being – study

A new study has confirmed what women have been saying for the longest about the side-effects of the contraceptive pill.


It affects the well-being of healthy women.

Results from a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial confirm that women have been struggling with side effects of oral contraception.

And no depression is not one of the effects.

In study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics, 340 healthy women aged 18-35 were given either placebo or contraceptive pills containing ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel over three months.

Those who were administered with the contraceptive reported issues with their energy levels, mood, self control and general quality of life.

It has to be said that the changes were small. However they are of clinical importance for individual patients.

Said co-author Dr Niklas Zethraeus:

This might in some cases be a contributing cause of low compliance and irregular use of contraceptive pills. This possible degradation of quality of life should be paid attention to and taken into account in conjunction with prescribing of contraceptive pills and when choosing a method of contraception.

The study was published in the Fertility and Sterility.

With information from Science Alert and Pharmacy News

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