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How the Birth Control Pill Affects Mental Health

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Regardless, women who do develop mood changes while taking the pill are encouraged to talk with their health care provider, as they may need to switch to a different brand or find another method of birth control.

Reviewed May 9, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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