When the first hormonal birth control pill was introduced over 60 years ago, it symbolised a significant step in the right direction for women’s rights.
The Pill was – and still is – revolutionary.
But while the oral contraceptive pill has been on the market for decades, the side effects of the Pill can often outweigh its overall convenience.
And now, in a new study, one of those side effects has been confirmed.
According to new research, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America this week, the Pill shrinks the part of the brain that controls your sex drive.
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In the study, scientists found that women taking the birth control bill have a smaller hypothalamus, which is a small region in the centre of the brain.
As the hypothalamus regulates hormones in the body, it’s believed damage to the hypothalamus could cause issues with sex drive, blood sugar regulation or appetite.