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Study: The Pill Causes Memory Changes

In case you missed it, the world celebrated Contraception Day 2011 on [September 26]. Here is USAID’s recognition of the day, complete with a happy Indian family with two children, (the average number the UN statisticians say Indians, and every other nation, will have by century’s end and a one child less than the average Indian family actually has.)

How should we commemorate World Contraception Day? One way is to examine a new study from UC Irvine showing how women on the pill suffer from altered memory. According to this groundbreaking research, women on the pill lose the ability to remember things and more emotional instead.

Researchers were quick to say this didn’t “damage” memory, but what else can we conclude from the fact that women can no longer remember what happened at the scene of an accident, and instead can recall only feelings? I wonder how many trial lawyers will bring this new knowledge to bear at the witness stand.

What struck me is the impact this might be having on a woman’s ability to cultivate her spiritual development, no matter her religion. The memory is one of the qualities of our soul, our highest power, whereas emotions are a lesser quality. By increasing emotional reaction and diminishing abilities of the memory, wouldn’t this be hampering our spiritual and intellectual empowerment and advancement?

Something to think about next time we hear someone tell us how much the pill has helped women these last 50 years.


Susan Fink Yoshihara is Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts  (Praeger, 2010).

This article courtesy of  Turtle Bay and Beyond and is used with permission.

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  1. Kathleen Woodman says:

    Add memory loss to the long list of iatrogenic (caused by something the doctor prescribed) ills caused by the pill. Not acceptable. A woman’s mind is too precious to dumb down. Pope John Paul II, who lauded the “genius of woman” would have been appalled. This goes against the ability of women to give insight to others.

    “Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women_en.html

  2. Tarheel says:

    It still amazes me that with all the information that we that shows the ‘”the pill” is bad for women, we keep reading about how much it is prescribed. I mean I can’t even watch a football on Saturday without seeing a commercial for “the pill”.

    As I read about Vatican II and Paul VI, and remember when Vatican II was published how the Pope was blasted for being so narrow minded about “the pill” or contraception, I think the good Pope had a “vision” of just how bad this could harm women and our society.

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