Hormonal contraceptives are safe and very successful at preventing conception, according to reproductive health specialists, but one aspect of their impact on the teen body is still unknown: whether and how they affect the developing brain.


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Birth control pills, injections, implants, and specific intrauterine devices (IUDs) that contain synthetic progesterone, estrogen, or both are examples of hormonal contraceptives. Progestins are synthetic variants of progesterone, and estradiol, which has various names, is a synthetic estrogen. The authors of the new study gave young female rats synthetic progesterone and estrogen in order to investigate the potential impact of these hormones on teenage brain development.


A Characteristic that could signify an imbalance of normal signaling patterns. altered conduct is the cause and effect. Previous studies have found a connection between prolonged stress exposure and depression and the loss of only excitatory synapses in the prefrontal cortex.


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Expert advises adolescents to get in touch with the doctor who prescribed their hormonal contraception if they experience depressive symptoms or other mood problems after starting to take it. Their doctor might suggest switching to a different hormonal contraceptive or another kind of birth control if they are using the hormonal contraceptive to avoid pregnancy.