Does The Pill Make Girls Depressed?
What's going on with girls?
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In this post: a new study linking the pill and antidepressant usages; is listening to Joe Rogan a turnoff?; teenagers are travelling for botox; over half of Gen Z want to be influencers; and why aren’t we talking about AI boyfriends?
What’s going on with girls?
A new study indicates that around 15% of the increase in antidepressant use among adolescent girls can be linked to the contraceptive pill.
Don’t you find it weird how rarely the pill is mentioned when we talk about girls’ declining mental health? Millions of women in the UK are taking it, and most of those choosing to start hormonal contraception are schoolgirls. Who are also seriously struggling with their mental health right now.
What also worries me is that in the UK we’re now seeing the rise of these direct-to-door, prescription-free birth control companies like Lovima, Hana and Hello Eve, all trying to make getting the pill as convenient as they can. They also present the pill as a fun lifestyle choice—an accessory for sexually empowered women who work hard and live in the moment! And of course it’s even worse in the US. The American wellness company Hers promises no more searching for a healthcare provider, drives to the doctor’s office or waiting in line at the local pharmacy, as well as selling their birth control pills in sparkly rainbow packets.
But this is a serious medication! Linked not only with depression but blood clots, various cancers, and a tripled risk of suicide among adolescent girls. Let’s just say, then, that I’m not entirely convinced making the pill as convenient and hassle-free as possible, and calling this liberation and empowerment, is actually in the interests of women. What it certainly is in the interests of, however, is a contraceptive pill market worth over $28 billion. Because really—would companies like Hers ever care that the pill has been linked with the use of antidepressants? No; doubt it. Because they sell those too.
The majority of Gen Z girls think that a partner listening to Joe Rogan is a “red flag.”
According to a recent survey 55% of young women find it a turnoff if their partner listens to Joe Rogan. An even bigger red flag is if they identify as a MAGA Republican (with 76% declaring this a deal breaker) as well as “saying All Lives Matter” and “believing there are two genders”.
Gen Z men’s biggest turnoffs, however, were very different: