A new study from Sweden has found that the conceptive pill has a negative impact of women's quality of life. The double-blind study looked at 340 healthy women, aged between 18 and 35, prescribing each either a placebo pill or the combined contraceptive pill.

The quality of life of those taking the contraceptive pill were reported to be “significantly lower” than those taking the placebos. The women said that their moods, self-control, vitality, energy levels and overall well-being were negatively affected by the pill.

As terrible as this study sounds, the news isn’t particularly surprising. Last year, a study revealed a strong link between the contraceptive pill and depression, finding that women on the combined pill were 34 percent more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than women not on the pill. For teenage girls, this number rose to a terrifying 80 percent.

While this is all incredibly depressing, it's actually good that more studies like this are being commissioned. The contraceptive pill is vitally important in women’s lives, but its mental side effects shouldn’t be reducing the quality of those lives.

In other news, could better male birth control options be available soon?

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