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The Unintended Consequences Of Birth Control




New research suggests the pill changes women's bodies and brains in more extensive ways than previously understood.
New research suggests the pill changes women's bodies and brains in more extensive ways than previously understood.
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Women typically go on birth control pills for a couple of reasons: to prevent pregnancy and manage acne. But new research suggests the pill changes women's bodies and brains in more extensive ways.

 “This Is Your Brain On Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences
“This Is Your Brain On Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences" by Sarah E. Hill.

In her book, “This Is Your Brain On Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences,” evolutionary psychologist Sarah E. Hill lays out the side-effects associated with hormonal birth control. Partner choice, body scent and mental health are just a couple ways altering estrogen levels can impact a woman's life. 

Today on AirTalk, Sarah Hill talks with host Larry Mantle about what to know about going on the pill.

Guest:

Sarah Hill, professor of evolutionary psychology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth; author of the new book, This Is Your Brain On Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2019)