Will birth control affect my quality of life?

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After a study that suggested hormonal oral contraceptives may lead to depression in some patients sparked controversy last year, some patients may wonder whether their emotional distress is a result of their birth control. Now, a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study suggests hormonal birth control may in fact affect QoL, but not depressive symptoms. Researchers found that female patients aged 18-35 y taking active pills were had lower scores on the Psychological General Well-Being Index, but not on the Beck Depression Inventory.

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