Little recognition of neurocognitive benefits of the pill

The contraceptive pill has been around for 50 years, but there is a lack of recognition about its impact on cognition, according to a review of evidence.

The systematic review led by Annabelle Warren from the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre in Melbourne shows that while the pill’s physical side effects are well established, the neurocognitive impacts have largely been overlooked.

This is despite “robust evidence” that sex hormones like oestrogen can