The influence of hormonal contraception on depression and female sexuality: a narrative review of the literature

Federica Facchin, Laura Buggio, Giussy Barbara, Laura Ghezzi, Dhouha Dridi, Paolo Vercellini

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

Objective: Over the past decades, an increasing number of women have been using hormonal contraception. The potential role of sex hormones in regulating vegetative, psychophysiological, and cognitive functions has been highlighted in several studies, and there is a need to further understand the impact of hormonal contraception on women’s quality of life, especially as regards psychological health and sexuality. Methods: We conducted a narrative review aimed at clarifying the mechanisms involved in the interaction between sex hormones and the brain, also focusing on the association between hormonal contraception and mood and sexual function. Results: Our findings clarified that hormonal contraception may be associated with depressive symptoms, especially among adolescents, and with sexual dysfunction. However, the evidence included in this review was conflicting and did not support the hypothesis that hormonal contraception directly causes depressive symptoms, major depressive disorder, or sexual dysfunction. Conclusions: The optimal hormonal contraception should be identified in the context of shared decision making, considering the preferences and needs of each woman, as well as her physical and psychosexual conditions.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)193-201
Numero di pagine9
RivistaGynecological Endocrinology
Volume38
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022

Keywords

  • depression
  • Hormonal Contraception
  • mood
  • oral contraceptive
  • sex hormones
  • sexual function
  • Adolescent
  • Contraception
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Sexuality
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Hormonal contraception

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