A few weeks ago, some scientists published research results on the impact of The Pill on the brain of women who take it. Their results showed that some parts of the brain were larger for women while they were taking The Pill. An examination of the research results by neuroscience professor Dr. Craig H. Kinsley in Scientific American magazine reminds us that treating the brain like play-dough is not a good idea:
Millions of women take birth control pills, blithely unaware that their effects may be subtly seeping into and modulating brain structure and activity. It is a huge experiment whose resolution will not be known for a while, but a new study in the journal Brain Research demonstrates that the effects are likely to be dramatic. It found that birth control pills have structural effects on regions of the brain that govern higher-order cognitive activities, suggesting that a woman on birth control pills may literally not be herself — or is herself, on steroids. (Source)
That last sentence, that “a woman on birth control pills may literally not be herself”, doesn’t come as a great revelation to most people. In fact, reading online comments and blogs, many women notice a change in their mood when they take The Pill. Men also notice that their beloved is not herself. People used to just assume this was a mild side-effect, perhaps due to harmless chemical imbalances. But it could actually be the structure of the brain that is getting deformed:
The brain works like a neural beehive; the proper coordinated functioning of groups of tasked neurons are important to successfully accomplish a variety of mental tasks — even the sensory processing and motor coordination needed for something as simple as picking up a hot cup of coffee without scalding oneself. Again, we do not know whether this increased gray matter translates into better or worse performance, but there likely is little good about treating a woman’s brain like a spongy accordion. (Source)
The full effects of The Pill on the brain are not known. This study needs to be followed up with more research. But it seems that science is once again confirming that deviations from God’s moral law have tangible consequences in our present lives, and not just in eternity.