To which extent remains undetermined and leaves individuals uninformed on the subject. There are no known articles mentioned by the author that expand on the idea that birth control directly affects the brain meaning this area of study is either currently being researched or unknown to others.
Every individual is different and on a genetic level, everyone varies drastically. From the very beginning of a sperm-egg-fusion, there is a distinct combination of 46 chromosomes that result in the formation of a child. Humans are all different and complex which makes each and every individual unique. Some people are allergic to penicillin and others aren’t allergic to anything at all which makes it understandable that all medications can affect every individual in a different way. Some women who are on birth control do not experience any kind of change while others can experience great benefits and others, unpleasant side effects. According to Planned Parenthood, there are many different types of hormonal birth control methods and the difference between them all are the types of hormones used, how much of the hormone is delivered, and the way the hormone enters the body. This means that since there are different options for women to choose from.
The relationship between a patient and a doctor is crucial, any medications a patient takes can react and lead to complications. In the conclusion of the article, it is mentioned that although the data found is not discouraging enough to completely stop medical providers from prescribing hormonal contraceptives, it would be best if they carefully considered the possibilities with each individual and worked with them to find what works best. It is necessary for women to have an open relationship with their medical providers in order to adequately prescribe contraceptive medications which will result in the least amount of side effects. Women should be more cautious. While one form of contraception works amazing for a friend or family member, the same medication can result in another individual developing depression or having intense mood swings. It is important for women to know about the mental side effects in order for them to understand when it is necessary to halt use when there is a noticeable difference in their mood.
The study conducted by Charlotte Wessel Skovlund found that the form of birth control connected to the highest risk of suicide attempts was the patch. The IUD and vaginal ring held the second highest risks while pills resulted in the lowest risk of contraception. If it is true that the hormones delivered alter the brain in a negative way, it would be best to understand how each form of hormonal contraception works. According to MedicineNet, the pill is taken orally and comes in two forms, a combination pill which includes both estrogen and progestin hormones and a mini pill which only contains the progestin hormones. The patch is similar to the combination pill since they both contain estrogen and progestin hormones but the patch differs because the hormones aren’t delivered orally but through transdermal process. The IUD can be implanted in the arm and provides a continuous delivery of progestin hormones over the course of three years. The main difference found between these forms of contraception is how the hormones are delivered. My personal conclusion for why the patch and the IUD lead to higher risks of suicide attempts among women may be because the release of hormones is ineffective. While a pill is a specific dosage every day at a specific time, the patch and the IUD deliver a continuous administration of hormones throughout a day. Since there are no sources that have information on why the patch and IUD have higher risks of suicide I had to come up with an explanation.
Although hormonal contraceptives can be helpful to women in many ways, there are still concerns among women as to why there are so many negative side effects. Unfortunately, it is common for women to feel depressed while on some form of hormonal contraceptive. The article written by Alice Park brings this issue to light. Although this field of research remains underdeveloped, hopefully this article enlightens others and enables them to acknowledge that birth control is linked to higher rates of depression. The need for an understanding is crucial because women everywhere may unknowingly be hurting themselves by developing higher risks of depression and suicide.