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Progestins in hormonal contraceptives are bad for your mood

Did you know the progesterone in a hormonal contraceptive isn’t the same as your body’s own natural progesterone? Don’t be shy, you’re not the only one, most of my patients don’t realise the two aren’t the same or that progestins could have such a huge impact on their overall mood and sleep.

For starters progesterone in hormonal contraceptives are called “progestins” not “progesterone” they are similar but do not function exactly the same way.

Our natural progesterone acts like GABA (our calming neurotransmitter) in the brain, and helps us feel cool, calm and collected and helps us sleep better.

Contraceptive progestins such as levonorgestrel, drospirenone, and norethisterone have been linked with anxiety and depression.