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An eye-opening book that reveals crucial information every woman taking hormonal birth control should know

This groundbreaking book sheds light on how hormonal birth control affects women - and the world around them - in ways we are just now beginning to understand. By allowing women to control their fertility, the birth control pill has revolutionized women's lives. Women are going to college, graduating, and entering the workforce in greater numbers than ever before, and there's good reason to believe that the birth control pill has a lot to do with this. But there's a lot more to the pill than meets the eye. 

Although women go on the pill for a small handful of targeted effects (pregnancy prevention and clearer skin, yay!), sex hormones 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. There, they play a role in influencing attraction, sexual motivation, stress, hunger, eating patterns, emotion regulation, friendships, aggression, mood, learning, and more. This means that being on the birth control pill makes women a different version of themselves than when they are off of it. And this is a big deal. For instance, women on the pill have a dampened cortisol spike in response to stress. While this might sound great (no stress!), it can have negative implications for learning, memory, and mood. Additionally, because the pill influences who women are attracted to, being on the pill may inadvertently influence who women choose as partners, which can have important implications for their relationships once they go off it. Sometimes these changes are for the better...but other times, they're for the worse. By changing what women's brains do, the pill also has the ability to have cascading effects on everything and everyone that a woman encounters. This means that the reach of the pill extends far beyond women's own bodies, having a major impact on society and the world. 

This paradigm-shattering book provides an even-handed, science-based understanding of who women are, both on and off the pill. It will change the way that women think about their hormones and how they view themselves. It also serves as a rallying cry for women to demand more information from science about how their bodies and brains work and to advocate for better research. This book will help women make more informed decisions about their health, whether they're on the pill or off of it.

*Includes a PDF of figures from the book.

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©2019 Sarah Hill (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Insightful but simple

The book provides insight at a level that anyone can understand. I wish it were a little more science-heavy though because a lot was redundant generalization

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A must read!

This book was very interesting. Things I have never even thought about before. A lot of it is relatable and very interesting. I am sharing all my knowledge I have learned with my friends and mom. Some of the information is quite shocking to even think is going on. It makes you really think about things.

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Mind Blown

I just knew something was off .... some of the information presented could've been written about my life. I am so happy to have something to back my claims and help with arguments. Unfortunately that is what it has turned into to prove its not me !!!
I am 33, 2 kids and finished with babies ... I do not want to spend my life on the pill .... i habe decided surgery... but it has taken 8 years to get a doctor to listen

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Mind Blown

Really enjoyed the book. Would recommend to all my girl friends. This needs to be talked about more often, women need to have a clearer understanding of what they're signing up for when choosing the pill, and that they're not alone in their feelings.

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every women must ready this

No matter if you are on birth control or not every women must read this. you will learn so much about your body and have the right information to make informed decisions about your body and what you out in it. also context to so many more things that make us women. love love love this book.

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  • brenda
  • 2020-01-18

Alright.

The subject matter was interesting, and worth the read/discussion, but the voiceover from Nan makes it sound like you are being talked down to. The author states this is a scientific piece, but it is not. Her metaphors and analogies are for 2nd graders. I am glad she included the graphs and charts from the studies she talks about, but everything she mentions is up in the air with no discernable evidence. Luckily, she is aware of this, and makes sure it is clear throughout the book that these issues need to be studied further. It is a good stepping stone into these issues and I hope to see more information about hormonal contraceptives soon. I would recommend, but prepare for repetitive writing in an annoying tone.

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  • Ashley D.
  • 2020-12-10

A book all women should read!

This book does a great job explaining science without being pushy about what you should do for your own body.

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  • 2019-12-20

Objective, unbiased and interesting

a very unbiased and objective look at how the pill changes your brain. not an advertisement for getting off the pill AT ALL. it did slow down a little in the middle chapters (lots of repetition) but chapter 11 blew my mind. well written and enthralling!

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  • Hildegard
  • 2021-04-15

A Must-Read for Men Too

This book was fascinating. Admittedly, much of the book is speculative in nature, since in-depth research and studies have not been done on all the ways the Pill has potentially impacted women, and by extension, the world. Regardless, the research findings that DO exist certainly give one pause. It's compelling enough that this book will be required reading for not only my daughter, but my 3 sons, as well.

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  • 2021-04-08

so much new info

this was great. The last chapter will really get into you. she presented a lot of interesting research while bringing to light some gender imbalances.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-24

This book changed my life.

As a general rule, I don’t write reviews, but I have recommended this book countless times.

I wish it was available decades ago. It is a much-needed, detailed, approachable review of the available literature on hormones, how they interact with each other and other systems in the body and brain, and what hormonal contraceptives do to those systems. Each chapter resulted in a paradigm shift for me. I only wish I had read it sooner!

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  • Lucinda
  • 2020-07-23

Required reading for women

This book is incredible!! I started it leading up to my mirena IUD removal and am now kicking myself for not getting it out sooner! As a major proponent of body autonomy, I had always considered the pill to be a powerful tool for women- I hadn’t considered its greater implications. Now that I am off hormones I feel like a fog is lifted. Colors are brighter, sensations are more powerful, and even food tastes better. I wake up energized and enthusiastic.

I wish I had found this book years ago!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-16

Must read!

Great book. Wish I read it before deciding rather to take the pill or not!

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  • Rayan
  • 2019-12-04

yay information!

really well done. I feel much more informed. cant believe I didnt already know this stuff!!!!