Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

First Advisor

Dr. Sarah Nelson


The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which birth control may impact wellness. By looking at physical activity, social wellness, experienced side effects, and a range of demographics, the goal is to better understand how the use of birth control may impact its user’s overall wellness. After gathering data in a two-week survey, I discovered that mood swings, weight gain, and depression were the top three reported side effects and Latina women reported irregular bleeding at a higher frequency than white women. Loneliness is impacted by birth control use; users were 30% more likely to report being lonely multiple times a week than nonusers. The results of this research can be used to further investigate the relationship between social wellness and birth control use. Additionally, more research can be done into why Latina women may experience irregular bleeding more frequently.