birth control pill decreases well being and quality of life

Ever wonder if taking the birth control pill could be the cause of why your feeling blah? Swedish researchers did recently. So they conducted a study to see. . . .

This double-blind, placebo-controlled study set out to see if oral contraceptives affected feelings of general well-being in healthy women. The study included 322 women between the ages of 18 and 35 who were taking a combined oral contraceptive containing estrogen and progestin (containing ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel) for 3 months. This combined oral contraceptive is one of the most commonly used in the world.

The results clearly answered the question. On the Psychological General Well-Being Index, women who took the pill dropped by 4.12 points compared to women who were given a placebo: that is a significant decline in general well-being. Specifically, women on the pill fared worse in positive well-being, vitality and self-control.

The researchers concluded—as you surely will too—that a significant “reduction in general well-being should be of clinical importance.”


Fertility & Sterility 2017;107(5):1238-45


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