Combined oral contraceptives use and relationship with depressive symptoms in Turkey

AKIN B., Ege E., Aksüllü N., Demirören N., Erdem H.

Sexuality and Disability, vol.28, no.4, pp.265-273, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11195-010-9176-2
  • Journal Name: Sexuality and Disability
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.265-273
  • Keywords: Oral contraceptives, Depression, Risk factors, Women's health, Turkey, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, WOMEN, DISCONTINUATION, IMPROVEMENT, PREDICTORS, KNOWLEDGE, REASONS, MOOD
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


The aim of the study is to describe the prevalence of Combined Oral Contraceptive use and explore the relationship between Combined Oral Contraceptive use and depressive symptoms in a sample of Turkish women. This descriptive study consisted of 210 married women. We describe the women as Combined Oral Contraceptive users if she has been using Combined Oral Contraceptive at least for the last 3 or 4 months. A questionnaire and Beck Depression Inventory were used to collect data with face-to-face interview. Logistic regression was used for statistical analyses. Of the women who participated in the study 23.3% were Combined Oral Contraceptive users. There were 73 (34.8%) women who reported depressive symptoms. The BDI scores were not different between the Combined Oral Contraceptive user and nonuser (p > 0.05). The results of the study suggest that there is no significant relationship between Combined Oral Contraceptive use and depressive symptoms. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.