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  • #16
    The Pill linked to depression

    Oh nevermind.
    “Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded? And they say, “There is not but our worldly life; we die and live, and nothing destroys us except time.” And they have of that no knowledge; they are only assuming.” Quran 45:23-24

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    • #17
      Re: The Pill linked to depression

      Asalaamu alaikum


      Scandinavian population studies respected due to comprehensive and meticulous record keeping allowing for fascinating retrospective insights.


      Psychiatrists oft find that those presenting to them with perturbations of mood have one or other organic underlying cause. These can range from disordered thyroid hormone levels to anaemia to menstrual cycle imbalances. Given that contraceptives deliberately alter these cycles to suppress ovulation, the increased prescription of antidepressants in such patients illuminating. The variability with age and type of contraceptive also useful and worthwhile perusing even simply the abstract (available online for free) for a synopsis of results as below:




      [Results A total of 1 061 997 women (mean [SD] age, 24.4 [0.001] years; mean [SD] follow-up, 6.4 [0.004] years) were included in the analysis. Compared with nonusers, users of combined oral contraceptives had an RR of first use of an antidepressant of 1.23 (95% CI, 1.22-1.25). Users of progestogen-only pills had an RR for first use of an antidepressant of 1.34 (95% CI, 1.27-1.40); users of a patch (norgestrolmin), 2.0 (95% CI, 1.76-2.18); users of a vaginal ring (etonogestrel), 1.6 (95% CI, 1.55-1.69); and users of a levonorgestrel intrauterine system, 1.4 (95% CI, 1.31-1.42). For depression diagnoses, similar or slightly lower estimates were found. The relative risks generally decreased with increasing age. Adolescents (age range, 15-19 years) using combined oral contraceptives had an RR of a first use of an antidepressant of 1.8 (95% CI, 1.75-1.84) and those using progestin-only pills, 2.2 (95% CI, 1.99-2.52). Six months after starting use of hormonal contraceptives, the RR of antidepressant use peaked at 1.4 (95% CI, 1.34-1.46). When the reference group was changed to those who never used hormonal contraception, the RR estimates for users of combined oral contraceptives increased to 1.7 (95% CI, 1.66-1.71).


      Conclusions and Relevance Use of hormonal contraception, especially among adolescents, was associated with subsequent use of antidepressants and a first diagnosis of depression, suggesting depression as a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use.]


      What can we learn beyond this?

      Remember that all medication has effects we appreciate and those we do not. The latter termed "side effects" but are secondary only to the extent that we do not want them. Sildenafil (Viagra) originally intended to treat hypertension. Today a blockbuster drug for that originally deemed a "side effect".

      Know that anti-depressants are over prescribed and mild depression benefits similarly from placebos - medication should be reserved for more sever cases. First line guidance for mild and moderate Depression includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. AKA a form of talking therapy. An opportunity to reflect and understand one's coping mechanisms and learn to favour and build upon the positive therein.The beautiful Guidance we have from our Creator, the nasiha therefrom we are exhorted to share with our fellow believers and the asking of and surrender to our Rabb is the best place to begin.

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      • #18
        Re: The Pill linked to depression

        This is a personal opinion but in my parents town in the times of my mothers grandma and before, and I know it by oral transmission and because I checked the records of registers, there was never cancer. Since the pill exists almost all women over 50 have breast cancer or ovary cancer. And most of them have quists in the ovaries. Something that never happened before.

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        • #19
          Re: The Pill linked to depression

          Originally posted by Camille2016 View Post
          This is a personal opinion but in my parents town in the times of my mothers grandma and before, and I know it by oral transmission and because I checked the records of registers, there was never cancer. Since the pill exists almost all women over 50 have breast cancer or ovary cancer. And most of them have quists in the ovaries. Something that never happened before.
          Confounders in data make interpretation murky - perhaps, for example, toxins in modern food and contemporary atmosphere post industrialisation inducing cancer and onset of widespread contraceptive use merely coincided. A friend in cancer biology did remark that oestrogen/progesterone profiles differ in breast cancer populations in places such as rural India where contraceptive use lower as compared to the US/Western Europe. Early days and even expert opinion weak in comparison to robust trials. We need not modern research however to prove to us the benefits of living a lifestyle close to that of the Anbiya - and following especially the rich evidence of the sunnah through the words and actions of the Nabi Muhammad SAW. In ibaadah - from prayer to diet to inter-personal relations to seeking refuge from anxiety/despair in tawakkul and more besides..

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          • #20
            Re: The Pill linked to depression

            Originally posted by obaid_m View Post
            What PILL are you talking???
            Paracetomal.
            Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

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