Contraceptive Pill Impairs Women’s Brains in Way Scientists Did Not Realize


The contraceptive pill may impair the fear-regulating regions of a woman’s brain, new research has revealed.

Combined oral contraceptive (COC) pills prevent pregnancy, mainly by stopping ovulation from occurring. Around 150 million women use the birth control method across the world. However the pills—which are made up of synthetic hormones— can cause a variety of negative, mental side effects that are rarely addressed.

New research by scientists at the University of Quebec in Montreal, published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, has found that these hormones may impact how fear is processed in the brain.


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