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From birth control pills to birth control shots and IUDs, there are plenty of recommended methods when it comes to preventing pregnancy.

For many years, women have been concerned that depression may be one of the side effects of birth control methods. However, a new study has found that birth control doesn't cause depression, which is great news for women around the world.

Birth Control Doesn't Cause Depression

Dr. Brett Worly, the lead study author and a gynecologist from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, was inspired to conduct a research after his female patients raised concerns about the risks of depression linked to birth control.

Worly and his team analyzed thousands of studies on various birth control methods in addition to studying women who suffer from depression. They found that using birth control options don't make symptoms worse.

The researchers reviewed birth control contraceptives including birth control pills, shots, and the intrauterine device, a small device that's inserted into a woman's uterus to help prevent pregnancy

"We wanted to look at the best scientific evidence and see where it was pointing to," says Worly. "It looks like there's no link and no causation. There are some voices that say there could be, but our best available evidence shows there isn't a link."

In fact, previous studies showed that there's a 40 percent chance of women, who used birth control pills and other contraceptives, to be diagnosed with depression linked to birth control as opposed to the new study. Adolescents who are in birth control seemed to have a higher risk of getting depressed.

"While some women will develop depression [when using birth control], as far as I can tell, it doesn't seem like one causes the other, but it's more happenstance," said Worly.

Side Effects Of Birth Control Methods

Like any medication, there can be side effects while taking on a birth control method. Some of the most common side effects of birth control include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and weight gain. Some women may also experience acne, missed periods, and bleeding or spotting between periods.

Most of the side effects tend to disappear within two to three months. Some women, however, may not even have to worry about side effects while taking the birth control pills. Those who are concerned about the side effects of birth control options should talk with their physicians.

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