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|Title||Oral contraceptives, sociocultural beliefs and psychiatric symptoms|
The occurence of psychiatric symptoms as detected by the General Health Questionnaire was examined in three groups of Moslem women. Those who used oral contraceptives were compared to those who used local contraceptives and those using no contraceptives in relation to their beliefs about prohibition of contraception by the Islamic religious code and/or about possible health hazards of contraception. Those who held one or both sets of adverse beliefs had significantly more symptoms. However the fact that women on oral contraceptives had most symptoms has been attributed to the repetitive nature of pill-taking acting as a reminder of the presumed adversity and/or to the biochemical effects of oral contraceptives.
|Published in||Social Science & Medicine|
|Series||Volume: 27, Number: 9|
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