Women on the Pill Aren't Forgetful Ditzes

birth control pillBirth control. It's a crazy thing, isn't it? It always amazes me how taking one eensy little pill every day can protect women from unplanned pregnancy. And apparently, the pill has more effects that just that. A new study out of California says that women who use hormonal contraceptives remember information differently than women who don't. In other words, the pill messes with your memory.

Sorry, you super smart science types, but this is a crock of bull.


How many times do we read studies and question their outcome? I do regularly. In this particular doozy, scientists say that women on the pill "retain[ed] only the gist of events [vs.] other women who do not take contraceptive pills." Excuse me while I pause for a break of hysterical laughter.

Let me get this straight: Women on the pill are more forgetful, as in, more like men. I don't think anything in the world could make me as forgetful as most of the men I know ... no offense. Especially not birth control pills! I've been taking them for years and years now, and I'd like to think I've done just fine. In fact, I miraculously made it through college and into the real world.

I can't help but wonder: Have any of these researchers actually met a woman on the pill? We have to remember when to take the little gem every single day, don't we? So maybe -- maybe -- it's true that we "remember things differently," but that doesn't mean that we're more out of it.

For now, I'll continue taking the pill in the hopes that I don't get all loopy. If there is any merit to this study, you can't blame me for being a super skeptic. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather forget something every once in a while than get pregnant when I least expect it.

Do you think the pill makes you forgetful?


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