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ASK Sarah Hill about birth control and the brain

ASK Sarah Hill about birth control and the brain

Can the contraceptive pill change your brain? ASK leading research psychologist Sarah Hill now.

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Hi Dr. Hill, will going off birth control reverse the changes that occur in the brain?
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Hi, do all types of birth control result in the same brain changes?
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Why do I put on weight when I am on the pill?
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Do IUDs offer any advantages over OCs in terms of negative effects on mood and sexual side effects?
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Given your knowledge on this topic, what things would you advise adolescents to consider before taking a hormonal contraception? Especially given that their brain is still in development!
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My mental health has improved dramatically since going off the pill. Why wasn't I warned about these side effects?
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How does your research fit with the fact that some women successfully use the pill to avoid the hormone shifts and detrimental symptoms involved in PMS and PMDD?
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Does the progesterone only mini pill avoid any of the partner preferences and libido effects that you have identified?
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Is this research being used to come up with new pill formulas and methods that mitigate these side effects?
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How can this knowledge help women who have to take a hormonal contraception for medical reasons such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMDD etc?
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I'm curious about how antidepressants might interact with birth control pills?
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Has this area of research moved beyond correlation to establish causation?
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Could taking the pill effect my level of attractiveness to men?
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What psychological and behavioral changes will taking birth control actually have on men?
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