More than 100 million women use birth control pills. While many health effects of the pill have been studied, not much research has been done on the cognitive effects of the pill. But a new study is shedding light on how birth control pills — and therefore hormones — affect memory. According to the study published in the September issue of the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, contraceptives like birth control pills change how women experience memories.
While being on or off the pill wasn't linked to having a better or worse recall of events, women on the pill were better able to remember the gist of an emotional event, while women not using birth control contraceptives better retained the specific details of an event, according to ScienceDaily.
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