Thursday, 22 September 2011
Okay, so maybe that's not a valid question, but a neurobiology study in University of California found that the way women remember things are altered to the way men remember things-- if the women are taking birth control. How did the study proceed?
Women (both on birth control, and not on birth control) and men of this study were shown a video of a car accident, and how the people got into the accident and how they were rushed to the hospital.
Then they asked the viewers to recall what had happened.
- Women on birth control and men recalled the series of events, without remembering much detail, but a good outline on what had happened.
- Women not on birth control, however, recalled more details, and the emotions of the event, like how the boy was terrified, or what color shirt the victim was wearing.
The study noted that birth control pills flatten out natural spikes in progesterone and estrogen-- keeping the levels low throughout the menstrual cycle. How can this be of help? It turns out that the spike and flow of hormones may be why women react differently, and may be the underlying cause of mental illnesses for women-- depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, which are all extremely "emotional in nature."
What do you think? Do you use birth control? Have you felt these changes?