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This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Avery Publishing Group
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Cherie I looked up the author on a different review site and Dr. Sarah E. Hill, the author of this book, is "A leading researcher in the dynamic and rapidly…moreI looked up the author on a different review site and Dr. Sarah E. Hill, the author of this book, is "A leading researcher in the dynamic and rapidly expanding field of evolutionary psychology Sarah E. Hill completed her PhD at UT Austin and is now a professor at TCU. With more than fifty scientific publications and multiple prestigious research grants to her credit, Dr. Hill has become an authority on evolutionary approaches to psychology and health. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and The Economist."

Much more credibility on this topic that the children's book author.

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Valerie Fazio
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-giveaways
A fantastic, must-read for all women on and off birth control. Not only is this book chock full of information about the pull, birth control in general, and the effects of it; it is also PACKED with information and facts about sex, hormones and women in general.

I won this book on a goodreads giveaway and it is my favorite won book thus far. Non-fiction books are not typically my style of reading, but a book like this practically begs to be read. I ate up every word, soaked up the information th
Jillian Doherty
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should be in every counseling center - chocked full of factual affirmations, opening one's eyes with paradigm-shattering data.

This 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.

The truth about how the pill can affect women is hidden but crucial and only starting to be known. No researcher wants to be on record as the person who t
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I was both excited and nervous to read this book as being someone that suffers from endometriosis and is on a combined pill for treatment (and which massively helps me cope), I didn't want to be completely put off taking it! But I am a scientist at heart and so I wanted the information anyway, as we all should.
Dr Sarah Hill is a brilliant writer and the book is split up nicely for different areas the pill can and does affect. I like to think myself well read within every
Jaimie Krems
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an evolutionary social scientist---I'm professor of experimental psychology at a large research-focused university---I had very high expectations for this book. It exceeded those expectations.

Dr. Hill is an incredible author and her work is not only readable, but it's also plainly fun to read.

I will be assigning this book to students and recommending it to those interested in women's psychology and behavior, evolutionary medicine, hormones---and simply to all who are interested in better un
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I expected an easy read but it was harder than I expected—not because Hill was in the science weeds (she was, but it was fascinating so I wasn't mad) but because the science challenged many of my understandings of sex and gender. It turned out to make room for a much more nuanced, informed view that wasn't transphobic--but at first, the book didn't seem that way.

Hormones inform behavior. Sex at birth informs hormones. Those are facts, they're real, but at first blush I BALKED at this book. I me
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so freaking interesting. It should be required reading for anyone on birth control - not to scare anyone - but because better information leads to better decision making. I learned a lot from this book that can explain some of my experiences on hormonal birth control, and that information will likely help me make good decisions if I ever decide to go back on it.

My one complaint about this book is that I thought the author generalized a little bit too much about women’s experiences
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This kind of book is a must read for women on or planning to use birth control. It tells you all the changes that are not on that enormous information sheet that comes with the box but instead are far more likely: psychological side effects. It opens your eyes to all the things that may have changed in your life that you attributed to anything but the pill.
Having said that, there were a few things I didn’t like about the author’s communication style.

For one, she treats numbers as if they were
Nov 09, 2019 added it
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As Dr. Hill says in this book, there is still much research that needs to be done on how the pill affects women psychologically. She is not saying that the pill should be banned, but she does want women to have a fuller picture of how the pill may effect women. Sex hormones do more than we give them credit for, and they change what it feels like to be ourselves (and who that “self” is). That’s a pretty big deal, and I’m glad that Dr. Hill was brave enough to do the work involved in writing and p ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A MUST READ for everyone—regardless of whether you have the biological equipment to get pregnant.

Here is why: Sarah Hill explains how we ALL are affected when people change their hormones to prevent pregnancy. Hormones ARE us, not a part of us, and make us who we are. As a result, when we change them we change ourselves, and the effects of many individual people changing their hormones cascade throughout society and affect people of all/any/no genders.

If you are a partner to someone who takes
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's about time that this book came out! It's about a Texas PhD's research on the psychological changes that occur on birth control, BC's affects on attraction, and the challenges that gender research face today! This book has been my favorite read of the year, and it should be a mandatory read for you too! I hope that Hill's research becomes a huge topic of discussion in the medical community and around the world. After reading this book, I feel obligated to change how I prescribe birth control ...more
Katie Bruell
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was eye-opening, to say the least. It made me mad about past doctors and past choices, for sure. I hope every woman will read this book to at least be more informed about the decisions she's making.

Of course, a lot of the science in here is somewhat speculative, though research-based, but based on my own experiences, I believe it.

One quibble--she talks a lot about how there are now more women than men in college, but never considers that mass incarceration and t
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, life
Very informative with scientific research based on human studies and data. However, expensive since half the book was cited sources.
Alexandra Chupanovkaya
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Educational and eye opening. It is truly scary how little we know about all the side effects of something that, it seems, the majority of the population is using.
Melissa Mock
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super interesting read, at very least gets you thinking about the list of possible effects birth control has on your body. To me, it highlighted the failings of doctors to educate patients and actually explain how birth control works and the positive and negative associated with it. If I had known I likely wouldn’t have used it to regularize my period since I was a teenager.
Khan Ashraf  Alif
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Brillian! Recommending to everyone
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conflicting feelings about this book. I am happy to know more about the workings of hormones now ... but I still do not believe that - as the book repeatedly underlines - we ARE our hormones (we are also our socialisation, our community, our learned experiences etc. ...). A little bit too deterministic to my liking. Still, an interesting read.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Excessive use of footnotes significantly impeded the flow (pun intended) of reading
Kaylee Hartwig
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today I finished reading This is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

My recommendation may come across as biased as it is written by my very own cousin Sarah E. Hill, PhD, but this has been a very eye opening read for me. I would encourage anyone who is or has been on the pill, is thinking about starting or going off it, anyone who has a partner on the pill, or in general any health care professionals to take
Natalie Wisz
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was eye-opening and frankly kind of shocking. It's a must-read for anyone who is using/has used/is considering hormonal birth control. The author did a great job of shedding light on some of the aspects of the pharmaceutical industry that I hadn't even considered, to be honest--I mean who would have though that the vast majority of medicines (especially ones intended for females) haven't even been sufficiently road-tested on females?! YIKES. I'm also sort of embarrassed to admit t ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so, so important. For a long time, I've been wishing for a resource that would describe the possible side effects of the pill and back them up with studies and facts, and finally it exists. This book helped confirm a lot of what I often suspected was going on with my own body but couldn't confirm because there just isn't much "hard" research out there. It's easy to think YOU are the problem, and Dr Hill actually even talks about why this is. I could write an essay about this book, b ...more
Heidi Mueller
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for every woman. I wasn’t aware of the long term effects of birth control. After being on the Pill, and then having an IUD (20 years of birth control), I was astounded by how many of my health issues have been brought on by the Pill. I had my IUD removed four days after starting this book, and my 2.5 year struggle with chronic intractable migraines ended immediately. I have been off my medication for 3 weeks now and have had no reoccurrence of pain. I have also noticed that m ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Hugely important (why did we have to wait till 2019 for something like this to be written!!) and accessibly written (at time trying a little too hard maybe). I have quibbles with the evolutionary stuff, none of which seemed super-convincing to me and also didn't seem strictly necessary for a discussion of the effects of the pill.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You are a different person on the birth control pill than you are when you're off the pill. And there's no bigger deal than this."

Through reading this book, I have answered so many questions about myself.
Kaitlin Page
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well cited, reads like a peer review of modern birth control research. An excellent resource.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly readable and very interesting! Also somewhat shocking.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read. Informative. Necessary. Factual.
Katelyn Demyan
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read for anyone on hormonal BC. Educate yourselves!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super interesting book. Its like sitting down with the author and having a chat.
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Sarah E. Hill, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology and a leading researcher in the dynamic and rapidly expanding field of evolutionary psychology.