The evidence that our brain health depends on our immune systems and hormones continues to pile up. Given this interconnectedness, dubbed psychoneuroimmunology, it makes sense that interfering with our delicate hormonal balance can influence psychiatric diagnoses like depression. Yet over 100 million American women are prescribed synthetic hormones in the form of oral contraceptives (“the pill”),
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Informed consent implies that we research and relay what we can, as clinicians, about the risks, known and unknown, of a given intervention, in the context of the purported benefits, and potential alternatives. The prescription of birth control and the interference with reproductive hormones is an example of an egregious lapse in true informed consent.
A discussion of the little known risks of oral contraceptives, particularly for those with anxiety and depression. For non-hormonal options, see: http://bit.ly/1tpNVzi. For more information like this, please check out Dr. Kelly Brogan’s new book, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives –
A discussion of the little known risks of oral contraceptives, particularly for those with anxiety and depression.
Are You On the Pill? It was early in my actualization as a righteous, post-adolescent that I began to think of birth control as a woman’s right. It would be years before I would learn the nuanced considerations of tacit permissiveness for unprotected sex, the wholesale delegation of contraception to the female counterpart, and the