Oral Contraceptive Users and Depressive Symptoms
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 11, Number 7&8, October 2020
Kristen Gardner, PharmD.
Dr. Gardner has disclosed that she has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
We worry that oral contraceptives impact mood, particularly in adolescents who are prone to depression and other mood disorders. This research review on the Dutch TRAILS (Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey) helps balance our decision making so that we avoid either extreme of universally counseling against their use nor dismissing the possible impact of OCs on mood.