The combined pill is by far the most popular contraceptive method. 3.5 million women in the UK alone currently take it, despite the numerous side effects.
The World Health Organization revealed that more than 100 million women around the world choose to use the oral contraceptive method rather than the other 12 options.
‘The pill‘, containing artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, is openly known to cause weight gain, mood swings, breast tenderness and headaches. More serious, less likely side effects if taken long term can include blood clots and strokes.
Recently, a study surfaced in the press claiming to have found a link between depression and the pill. A group of Danish researchers studied 1 million medical records of women with no prior history of depression aged 15 to 34.
And compared to non-users, women taking the pill were reportedly more likely to receive a prescription for anti-depressants.
I spoke to 21 year old Charlotte Hook about her reaction to the combined pill, which when consulting doctors about her symptoms, had said they had only ever seen them in a textbook.
Charlottes’ mother, Tracey Hook, spoke of the stress the experience had put on her family and how she was worried it may have been something more serious.
Listen to Charlotte and Tracey’s story below:
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