December 6, 2019
“lol I can’t read this.”
One important consequence of our overall lack of deep understanding of animal bodies is that most drugs can’t really have an isolated, single effect on them that affects just one thing while leaving everything else alone.
There are known side effects and then there are unknown side effects.
This study suggests that birth control pills shrink a critical region in women’s brains.
It’s estimated that nearly six million women used a form of oral contraception between 2015-2017 in the United States. But there may be bad news for birth control users. A disconcerting new study, that only recently became possible due to advancements in MRI technology, finds that birth control pills may actually impact the size or even shrink a portion of women’s brains.
According to the study, women who take birth control pills have significantly smaller hypothalamus volume. The hypothalamus is among the most important areas of the brain, and has a hand in nearly everything one does on a day-to-day basis. This includes appetite, sex drive, overall mood, body temperature, sleep patterns, and heart rate. Situated at the base of the brain above the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus also produces essential hormones.
“There is a lack of research on the effects of oral contraceptives on this small but essential part of the living human brain,” says Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, professor of radiology at the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and medical director of MRI Services at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, in a release. “We validated methods for assessing the volume of the hypothalamus and confirm, for the first time, that current oral contraceptive pill usage is associated with smaller hypothalamic volume.”
“We found a dramatic difference in the size of the brain structures between women who were taking oral contraceptives and those who were not,” Dr. Lipton adds. “This initial study shows a strong association and should motivate further investigation into the effects of oral contraceptives on brain structure and their potential impact on brain function.”
To be clear, Dr. Lipton and his team characterized their study as “preliminary,” and stress the need for further research into the matter. That being said, it was also noted that smaller hypothalamic volume was found to be associated with increased feelings of anger, and exhibited a strong correlation with depression.
It’s important to mention, though, that the study found no evidence of a significant correlation between hypothalamic volume and cognitive performance.
The important thing here is that their cognitive performance isn’t likely to be affected by their pill-induced brain shrinkage, because we need women to be doing work stuff in some office, not to be pleasant and feminine – lest they end up pregnant and with a lovely family.
We just can’t afford women not to be working jobs.
This is an all-hands-on-deck type of situation where we’re even bringing in foreigners to work our jobs because otherwise The Economy would suffer.
I mean, yeah, too bad that women can’t really be having kids while pleasing The Economy, but that’s not that big of a deal because thanks to all people being perfectly equal, we can just replace ourselves with any humanoid-looking ape that can more or less manage to learn our language.
It’s known that women are unhappier than ever despite being more empowered than ever.
If birth control pills may be reducing hypothalamic volume, and smaller hypothalamic volume was found to be associated with depression and increased feelings of anger, then it’s safe to say that birth control pills are an important piece of the unhappiness puzzle.
“Hey, did you see that study that found that women taking birth control pills suffer from dramatic brain shrinkage and are more likely to be depressed?”