Unintended benefits of ‘the pill’: Fewer mood swings and better relationships?

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I was intrigued to learn that taking birth control pills could reduce period-related mood swings and that it had other beneficial effects on mental health, like decreased likelihood for depression. I found that women and their doctors were already clued in to these and its other beneficial side effects, like treating acne or reducing painful periods; for decades, women have commonly taken the pill, sometimes even exclusively, for reasons other than to prevent pregnancy.

So, I wondered, could higher relationship satisfaction be an additional, albeit unexpected, side effect of taking the pill?

surveyed hundreds of women across the United States and asked them if they used birth control pills, how frequently and severely they experienced mood swings, and how satisfied they were with their romantic relationship. Consistent with my predictions, I found that women using the pill had: (1) fewer and less intense mood swings and (2) higher satisfaction with their relationship than women who did not use the pill.

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Though additional research is required to verify this, our findings suggest that the pill may be a particularly useful treatment option for women who struggle with mood swing symptoms and interpersonal problems around their period.

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