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Teen girls on birth control report problems with eating, sleeping, emotions

Teenage girls who take hormonal birth control may suffer from eating, sleeping, and emotional disturbances, as well as face a heightened risk of depression when they reach adulthood, a new study has found.

Researchers discovered that the young women reported crying more, eating more, sleeping too much and even experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings of worthlessness.

The scientists examined over a thousand girls from the Netherlands, studying them at ages 16, 19, 22, and 25. Teenage girls who were on the pill reported higher instances of those symptoms than those who were not. The symptoms fade once adulthood is reached.

🔦 According to the Guttmacher Institute, around 15 percent of women of childbearing age use the pill as their main form of contraceptive.