Do Birth Control Pills Affect Your Mood? Scientists Can’t Agree

Earlier this month, the surprising findings of some new research were presented at a conference. At the virtual European Congress of Psychiatry, Elena Toffol and her team from the University of Helsinki in Finland reported that they had found that attempted suicide rates were lower in women who used hormonal contraception compared to those who didn’t. In fact, the latter group were almost 40 percent more likely to attempt suicide than the former, they reported. 

These findings (which have not yet been peer-reviewed) might be the opposite of what you’ve heard—or experienced: Doesn’t hormonal birth control have a reputation for exacerbating mental

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