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Health & Fit Women on the pill have "a dramatic difference" in their brains

04:25  10 december  2019
04:25  10 december  2019 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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"We found a dramatic difference in the size of the brain structures between women who were taking oral contraceptives and those who were not," the study What birth control pill users should take away from the study. Experts are taking this latest study on how pill use may affect the hypothalamus with a

Compared to naturally cycling women , some research has shown women on the pill have a larger hippocampus, fusiform gyrus, and For the brain , Lipton claims, this is a " dramatic difference ", and while it's certainly something that warrants more research, how we convey these results to users of

The hypothalamus, a region of the brain that regulates appetite, sleep or libido, is smaller in women who take birth control pills, researchers say in radiology.

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What is the effect of the contraceptive pill ... on the brains of women? Researchers from the Gruss Magnetic Resonance research center at Albert Einstein University of Medicine in New York (United States) presented their latest work on the subject at the annual congress of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) . According to them, women who take the pill have a smaller hypothalamus than others.

This observation could explain some of the side effects of the contraceptive pill since the hypothalamus produces hormones and helps regulate bodily functions such as mood, appetite, libido , sleep cycles or even the heart rate. .

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More than 100 million women worldwide use the pill . Despite this huge number, very few studies have looked at how pills affect brain structure and function. Lipton claimed, this is a " dramatic difference " for the brain . He added the results definitely warrants more research.

' A dramatic difference in the size of the brain structures'. 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.

Volume of the hypothalamus

For their work, the researchers called on 50 healthy women, 21 of whom were taking a contraceptive pill. All of these volunteers had an MRI of the brain and the researchers calculated the volume of their hypothalamus. "We have seen a dramatic difference in the size of brain structures between women taking oral contraceptives and others," said Dr. Michael Lipton, co-author of this work, in a press release from the RSNA.

Anger and depressive symptoms

More studies on more women will be needed to validate these results. But "this first study shows a strong association and should motivate further research on the effects of oral contraceptives on the structure of the brain and their potential impact on the functioning of the brain" underlines Doctor Lipton.

Another "preliminary" result of this study: a lower hypothalamic volume is also associated with more marked anger and depressive symptoms .

Finally, there is one point on which women who take the pill can be reassured: the study did not reveal any significant correlation between hypothalamic volume and cognitive performance.

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