Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Jodi Kreiling


Depression is a mood disorder that can be caused by any combination of environmental, biological, genetic, and psychological factors and affects women more than men. Over the past few decades the use of birth control has been continually increasing. To analyze whether or not the high rates of depression correlates to the use of hormonal birth control, an anonymous survey was sent out to college women which contained the Beck’s Depression Inventory as well as background information questions. The results were obtained and analyzed. After doing a T test, the P-value was calculated to be 6.261x106 and the test statistic T was found to be 5.0505. The low P value rejects the null hypothesis that there is no effect on women's mental health from hormonal birth control. Additionally, the test statistic T fell in the region of rejection which also allows us to reject the null hypothesis and accept the alternative hypothesis that hormonal birth control does have an effect on the mental health of college aged women.