There has been a rise in evidence from large and small studies that the pill has a lot of health effects on women, their bodies, intelligence, and wellbeing. Now, a new study indicates that oral contraceptives can also have an impact on women's social judgment.
If you are one of the millions of women who are taking the pill, there is no need to start freaking out. As psychologist Alexander Lischke explained in ScienceAlert, the effects of his copy are examined & # 39; mild disabilities & # 39 ;, so soft it is likely that you will not know them.
The issue appears to be related to the way we define one's feelings by looking at their face. Participants of this study were given emotional emotional recognition, and the team found a mild impact on the group on the tablet ̵
This is an effect that has been mirrored in the past studies, although we want to note that the size of the sample is rather small, only 94 participants in Germany. And, when it comes to emotional effects of the pill, research on this subject is still in its infancy.
That may be surprising, but it is true. Worldwide around 100 million women use contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy or control their menstruation.
Although these medicines are among the most widely studied medical history, we now know that it has a remarkable effect on a woman's attitude, emotion or behavior.
That's because most of today's research is focused on physical health effects. These are undoubtedly important, but it is also true that the most common cause of women to stop or change the pill is because of mental health effects.
Lischke, who works at the Greifswald University, said that there has been an increase in research investigating the mental effects of these drugs. Although there are mixed results and lower than the ideal techniques, the conclusions we can get from this pile are still flawless.
Today, most psychological research focuses on mood and cognition. Lischke's study is among the first to look into the consequences for identifying and controlling emotions.
One single study suggested that the pill can damage a woman's ability to process her own emotions and to empathize with others. "If oral contraceptives cause disabilities in the dramatic sense of women's emotions, it's likely that we've noticed this in our day-to-day relationships with our partners," explains Lischke.
"We assume these disabilities are very small, indicating that we need to try to identify women's emotions in a work that is sensitive enough to discover disabilities."
Purpose That is, researchers evaluated 41 women who are currently using oral contraception and 53 women who are not oral contraceptives. Before they begin, participants respond to questions about their menstrual cycle, using contraceptives, age, education, anxiety, and empathy.
Then they gave a test called "Reading the Mind in the Eyes & # 39; – they test their ability to read mild clues to black and white images of people's eyes only.
The results are subtle but meaningful. While groups are equally well acquainted with easy emotional expressions, women who take the pill is almost 10 percent worse in figuring out the most complex things.
This is true regardless of the part of the participant's partial body or the type of oral contraceptive that they
Lischke says these results are compared well in previous studies, which have found levels estrogen and progesterone can affect the recognition of a woman's emotions.
"Because oral contraceptives work by preventing levels of estrogen and progesterone, it is logical that the effect of oral contraceptives also affects the recognition of women's emotions," he explains. .
"However, the exact mechanism based on oral contraceptives is a compulsory change in female emotionally identifiable to illuminate."
Reading face expressions is an integral part of human interaction and one of the the only signals we have about the feelings and intentions of others.
The question is: are these visible disabilities strong enough to cause interpersonal problems in women? We still need more research to say – specifically studies that have larger sample sizes, more difficult tasks, and extended time.
"We still do not know if the emotional impairments of [oral contraceptive-related] have serious consequences on women's social life," Lischke said in ScienceAlert
"We know that women suffering from illness Ideally like, for example, the disorder of the borderline personality or major depression, shows the emotional disturbances that account for their interpersonal difficulties. the show is more pronounced than the handicap being observed for women who use [oral contraceptives]. "
We still do not know much, and the only one seems to be a good reason for more research.
This study was published in Frontiers in Neuroscience .