Female contraceptive pills make women better at parking and reading maps, claims study

DECCAN CHRONCILE
Published Jul 23, 2015, 8:20 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 11:01 am IST
Does the pill make women smarter?
 
Women are often prescribed birth control pills for irregular or absent menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis, and for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
 
You already know that birth control offers ridiculously reliable protection against unplanned pregnancies—assuming you're using it correctly, that is. But BC actually has a lot of other amazing social and lifestyle benefits, too. According to Daily Mail, research has shown that the oral contraceptive seems to boost a woman’s spatial awareness – a skill more usually associated with males.
 
This ‘masculinisation’ of the female mind could make map reading easier. It might also ease marital tensions about the best way to load a dishwasher.
 
According to the study, the Pennsylvania State University researchers say this may be down to them having less of the female sex hormone oestrogen in their bodies. The hormone is thought to suppress spatial skills – meaning lower levels boost them.
 
Previous research claimed that the hormones in the contraceptive bring out a woman’s jealous side. Studies have also concluded that the Pill makes women broody and that its hormones suppress interest in masculine men - making boyish males seem more attractive.
 
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