Antidepressants and Birth Control Pills

Before you treat your symptoms of depression with antidepressants, learn how they may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.
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Feeling down? You're not alone. Depression affects about 7 percent of U.S. adults, according to The National Institute of Mental Health. And women are more likely to suffer from depression than our testosterone-ridden counterparts are. Our many, many hormones directly affect brain chemistry, often controlling our emotions and mood, according to the Institute. Biological, lifestyle, relationship, and psychosocial factors unique to women are thought to influence women's higher rates of depression.

If you're taking the Pill, you're also not alone. Four out of five women use oral contraceptives at some point in their lives, according to some estimates. They're quick, easy, safe and effective -- as long as you don't mix them with certain meds.

Do antidepressants count? Well, sometimes. Here, we explain all the ins and outs of combining antidepressants with birth control pills. Because nothing kills the mood like an unintended pregnancy.

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