Teen depression linked to oral contraceptives

The large Dutch cohort study suggests 16 may be a 'vulnerable' age

Sixteen-year old girls taking the pill are more likely to report crying, eating disorders and hypersomnia than those not using oral contraception.

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But older adolescents and young adults using the pill do not show such an association, the researchers report in JAMA Psychiatry.

The findings suggest teens should be monitored for depressive symptoms when starting the pill, particularly as the condition may lead to non-adherence and risk of pregnancy, the authors say.

The study, which tracked more than 1000