"It’s time to talk about the brain and the birth control pill"

    Dr. Sarah Hill

    Texas Christian University


    Thursday October 22, 2020, 3:30PM - 5pm (CST)

    LIVE! via ZOOM

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    It’s time to talk about the brain and the birth control pill


    The majority of women in the US will use the birth control pill at some point in their lives. Yet, there is very little information out there for women or their partners about what the pill does to the brain. This is critical information to have because - although women go on the pill for a small handful of targeted effects - sex hormones simply can't work that way. Sex hormones impact the activities of billions of cells in the body at once, many of which are in the brain. This means that being on the birth control pill makes women a different version of themselves than when they are off of it. In this talk, I will talk about what we know and don’t know about the pill and women’s brains and behavior. I will also talk about why this information matters for men and what it means for our evolved psychology. Does the pill create a hormonal state that is an analogue of naturally occurring points in women’s cycles? Or is the hormonal message an evolutionary novelty, the effects of which are largely unknown? Lastly, I will urge researchers to conduct better, more inclusive science that teaches men and women about who they are and how their brains work, whether they are on or off of medications like the birth control pill.


    OCEAN Speaker Series made possible via generous support from the Dean's Office, the Vice President of Research, President's Fellows Funding, and the OSU Department of Psychology.

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