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Risk of Depression May Increase During First Two Years of Oral Contraceptive Use

Risk is greatest in women who began using oral contraceptives at or before the age of 20 years, then declines with time. How can psychiatrists help their patients weigh the risks and benefits of this effective yet easily reversed method of birth control?

The first two years of oral contraceptive use may raise the risk of depression in women and adolescents compared with their peers who have never used oral contraceptives, a study in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences has found.

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