Monday, May 16, 2005

The Happy Pill

Interesting findings about mood swings and depression in adolescent Pill users:

Oral contraceptive pills do not cause mood swings or depression in most adolescents. On the contrary, overall, it appears that oral contraceptives increase positive mood and decrease negative mood, Mary A. Ott, M.D., said at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine.


In her study of 226 adolescent females, oral contraception decreased reports of negative mood by 27% over time and increased positive mood by 32% over time, relative to reports from subjects not on oral contraception.


At 8:40 PM, Anonymous V's Herbie said...

Has there been any research on the other end of this effect? What happens to the girls mental state when they go off the pill? Do they go back to feeling 16?

Enquiring minds want to know....

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous batgirl said...

Perhaps these girls are less depressed because they're getting laid. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous, but orgasms can cause a release of tension that could perhaps improve the overall mood of a person. Also, girls who are on the pill probably have less anxiety about unwanted pregnancy, which could also contribute to happiness.


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