Oral Contraceptives

Research Update

Oral Contraceptive Users and Depressive Symptoms

Topics: adolescents | Depression | Oral Contraceptives | teens

Review of: de Wit AE et al, JAMA Psychiatry 2019;77(1):52–59 Since the dawn of their widespread use in the 1960s, we’ve worried about the impact of oral contraceptives (OCP) on mood. But the research to date has been inconsistent, with studies reporting negative, positive, or no effects on mood. Heterogeneity in study population and design may un

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Expert Q&A

Mood and Menopause

Topics: Antidepressants | Citalopram | Depressive Disorder | Effexor | Escitalopram | Female Issues in Psychiatry | Fluoxetine | gabapentin | Gender | Hormone Replacement Therapy | Oral Contraceptives | Prozac | Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) | SSRIs | Women’s Issues in Psychiatry

TCPR: When does perimenopausal depression tend to start?Dr. Nonacs: It’s during the transition into menopause that women are most vulnerable to depression. And that transition can actually take quite a while, like 5–7 years. TCPR: How does it present?Dr. Nonacs: Often they’ve had a history of depression, but have done fairly well up to this point

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