Progestogen-only contraceptive pills were three times more likely to have a mental illness than women who were not on any medication

Depression alert over progesterone-only Pill as doctors are warned to  prescribe with caution

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

PUBLISHED:16:46 EST, 4  August 2012 | UPDATED:08:50 EST, 5 August 2012

Women who take the most widely prescribed  type of contraceptive pill may be less likely to suffer depression.

New research shows that those taking the  combined Pill – which contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen (of which  progesterone is the most commonly known form) – were two-thirds less likely to  develop a mood disorder, but those using progestogen-only contraceptive pills  were three times more likely to have a mental illness than women who were not on  any medication.

Women who take the most widely prescribed type of contraceptive pill may be less likely to suffer depressionWomen who take the most widely prescribed type of  contraceptive pill may be less likely to suffer depression

The researchers who carried out the study say  that doctors should use caution in prescribing progestogen-only pills because of  these potential side effects.

In the new study, in the Journal of Affective  Disorders, psychiatrists from universities in Australia and Norway, including  Melbourne and Bergen, looked at Pill use and the prevalence of mood disorder in  women aged 20 to 50.

Progestogen is known to act on the brain  chemical glutamate, and research has shown that higher than usual levels of the  chemical are found in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder and major  depression

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