Birth Control May Alter The Structure Of A Woman's Brain

April 9, 2015 8:07 PM

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Birth Control May Alter The Structure Of A Woman's Brain

Birth control pills have some troubling possible side effects, such as altering a woman's mood or even her choice of romantic partner. A new study adds another potential concern to the list: Hormonal contraception may shrink portions of the brain and affect their function.

It's possible that the synthetic hormones found in the Pill -- and possibly the suppression of natural hormones that occurs when women are using the Pill -- cause these alterations in brain structure and function, according to a new study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping.

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