By Aaron E. Carroll

April 3, 2017

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One of the biggest American public health victories of the last decade has

been the record low reached in the teenage birthrate. Along with that have

been lows in rates for teenage pregnancy and abortion. Most researchers

believe that improved access to contraception is a large part of this


But news continues to focus on the concern that hormone-based contraception

- like the pill or the patch - causes depression, and that this should lead

us to question its wider use. A more nuanced discussion would consider both

the benefits and the harms.