A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that women who take birth control pills are more likely to be treated for depression. Unlike many "studies" you read about online, this one actually had a very large sample size. Well, better go buy some condoms.
The study was done in Denmark and examined the medical records of over one million women. It found that those on a combined pill (one that suppresses ovulation) were 23% more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than a woman who is not on birth control. Numbers for women who take progestin-only birth control pills (synthetic hormone pills) were even worse, at 34%. The study also notes that patients are most commonly prescribed antidepressants within the first six months of going on birth control.
Diagnosed depression also appeared to be most common in adolescent girls. Adolescents taking combined pills were 80% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants, and those on progestin-only pills were more than twice as likely to receive antidepressants.