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Hormonal contraception use among teenagers linked to depression

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 29 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5289
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Use of hormonal contraceptives, especially among adolescents, was associated with subsequent antidepressant use and a first diagnosis of depression, a large Danish study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found.1

The nationwide prospective study included all women and adolescents aged 15 to 34 years who were living in Denmark between 2000 and 2013 after excluding those with a prior diagnosis of depression or other major psychiatric disorder. A total of 1 061 997 women, followed up for an average of 6.4 years, were included in the …

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