Progestin-Only Contraceptive Use Associated With Increased Mood Disorder Risk In Women.

MedWire (4/27, Cowen) reports, “The use of progestin-only contraceptives is associated with an increased risk for current mood disorders in women, while the use of combined estrogen and progestin contraceptive agents is associated with a reduced risk,” according to a study published online April 24 in the Journal of Affective Disorders. In 498 Australian women of childbearing age, all of whom were evaluated for mood disorders, researchers found that “women taking progestin-only contraceptives were more likely to have a current mood disorder than those who were not taking progestin-only agents, at an odds ratio of 3.0.” In comparison, “women taking combined contraceptive agents were less likely to have a mood disorder than those who were not taking such agents, at an OR of 0.3.”

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— “Contraceptive use linked to current mood disorder risk in women,”Mark Cowen , MedWire News, April 27, 2012.

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