The Impact of Contraceptives on the Female Brain

In order not to get pregnant, some sexually active women use the pill. This is normal but recently, a United States study reported that the use of condoms could make a female brain become more intelligent. Can this really be true?

Contraceptives can affect the female brain. Research indicates that contraceptives may increase the brain’s “conversation hub.” In addition, the volume of gray matter that is very important to memory and social skills becomes larger.

Experts say that sex hormone contraceptives apparently have “a great impact” on the female brain. Brain blocks increase, so the functions that the region is responsible for are enhanced. In observed brain regions, women who take the pill were found to have bigger brain blocks than women with natural cycles. This could affect many high-level brain functions, especially memory and speaking skills.

The reason contraceptives cause this effect is unclear, but there is a theory that the estrogen and progesterone used to prevent ovulation, also strengthens the brain’s nerve cell links.

Oral contraceptives achieve the purpose of contraception mainly through simulating the human body’s ovarian secretion of estrogen and progesterone, to suppress the pituitary’s start of the “ovulation process”.

The launch of ovulation is under the control of the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary and many other factors. In the menstrual cycle, the egg is usually discharged from the ovary on the 14th day before the next menstruation. In the time between the last menstruation and ovulation, ovarian secretion of estrogen gradually increases. When the level of estrogen peaks, the pituitary produces “ovulation instructions” and the ovary releases the ovum.

When the ovum is produced, the ovary does not secrete estrogen only. In addition, there is secretion of progesterone to prepare the woman for pregnancy. At this time, if there is successful pregnancy, it is equivalent to the pituitary issuing a “do not ovulate” command, to avoid further ovulation during pregnancy.

The principle of oral contraceptives is simulation of the body’s pregnancy status, so that the body always has a certain amount of estrogen and progesterone. The brain thinks that the body is in a state of pregnancy, and the pituitary and ovary can rest. There will no longer be ovulation, and it is therefore impossible to conceive.

So it seems, one of the good sides of the pill is that it will increase the brain’s “conversation hub”, so the mind is more sensitive to activity. The idea of contraceptives increasing a woman’s intellect is not a fallacy.

Tip: Although contraceptives can make the female brain become more intelligent, women should not try to improve your brain in this way, as it may reduce your chances of pregnancy.

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