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How the Pill Changes Everything

Your Brain on Birth Control
Narrated by: Nan Mcnamara
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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Summary

'It's time for all of us to join together to ask science for some new choices and for more information about what happens to us with the choices we have. We shouldn't have to change who we are to protect ourselves from pregnancy, and we should know enough about how our own bodies work to recognise that this is exactly what we're doing when we go on the birth control pill.'

Hormonal contraception is something most women will use at some point during their life. But the reach of the pill goes far beyond the small number of targeted effects we take it for. It affects almost every system in our body. Column inches and anecdotal conversations prove there are many questions about the pill and its effects yet until now we have known very little about. 

In this trailblazing book expert psychologist Dr Hill reveals the latest science on the pill and how it's changing women and the world, for better and for worse.   

Dr Hill examines cutting-edge research, some of it conducted in her own lab, that shows how the pill affects everything from stress response to autoimmune disorders, mate selection to declining levels of male achievement. Some of her findings are shocking, others will simply verify things you suspected for a long time but figured were all in your head. Dr Hill signals a rallying cry for better science - for too long women have been understudied as research subjects. Their cycles are more complicated, it's more expensive to do research on them, and scientists are under so much pressure to publish that it's often easier to just use a largely male testing pool, or one that ignores important factors for women.     

How the Pill Changes Everything will open your eyes and put you in a position of power. It provides the latest science so that you can understand the risks, weigh up the costs and make smarter, more informed choices about your health and hormones.

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©2019 Sarah E Hill (P)2019 Penguin Random House Audio LLC

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essential reading

every woman needs to read this highly informative and insightful book in order to make more informed choices regarding birth control.

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food for thought

Sometimes repetitive but overall very interesting and relevant to me. had to be in the right frame of mind to absorb it.

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Insightful

Would recommend to anyone between the age of 16-25 with a genuine interest in your hormones and reproductive system and how that effects your life at such a crucial brain developmental age. There is so many options for birth control - explode and empower yourself through this book!

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Everyone with a uterus should read this!

Very eye-opening, thoughtful and insightful, and written in a way that's appropriate for people with or without a medical background. Definitely given me food for thought and lots of conversation starters - currently I can't shut up about it actually!

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A must read for all females!!!

Wow... a true travesty that women are not better informed about what we put into our bodies trusting doctors and the medical research about how it’s affecting our wider bodily functions just isn’t there. I’ve suffered terribly with anxiety and I do now wonder if abig part of this has been caused by my hormonal contraceptive... I certainly don’t think it’s helped me!! So I will now be trialing how I feel and cope without these synthetic hormones within my body. So glad I discovered this audiobook and am much better informed.

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this was a good and informative but a tad repetitive sometimes, and the end was a bit weird

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Should be compulsory for all women and girls

Excellent book. I guarantee this will resonate with you if you have female sex hormones, regardless if you've ever taken the pill.
I wish I'd had all this information available to me years ago.
This should be compulsory reading for all!

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Mind blown!

I wish had all this information when I was on the pill! The pill literally changes everything! Great book!

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Loved it. A must have read for every woman!

Loved it. Informative,evidence based, non biased, well explained, easy to understand. A must have read for every woman.

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A must read for all women

Thought provoking and a must read for all women! This takes the information only found in expensive medical journals and presents it in a clear and easy to understand way. It is shocking that most of us know so little about something we put in our body every day.

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Useful for me as a man & a pharmacist

This book was very useful for me in two of my roles. One as a man and the other in my profession as a Pharmacist. I learned a lot and would recommend it to my colleagues.