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'It's time for all of us to join together to ask science for some new choices and for more information about what happens to us with the choices we have. We shouldn't have to change who we are to protect ourselves from pregnancy, and we should know enough about how our own bodies work to recognise that this is exactly what we're doing when we go on the birth control pill.'

Hormonal contraception is something most women will use at some point during their life. But the reach of the pill goes far beyond the small number of targeted effects we take it for. It affects almost every system in our body. Column inches and anecdotal conversations prove there are many questions about the pill and its effects yet until now we have known very little about. 

In this trailblazing book expert psychologist Dr Hill reveals the latest science on the pill and how it's changing women and the world, for better and for worse.   

Dr Hill examines cutting-edge research, some of it conducted in her own lab, that shows how the pill affects everything from stress response to autoimmune disorders, mate selection to declining levels of male achievement. Some of her findings are shocking, others will simply verify things you suspected for a long time but figured were all in your head. Dr Hill signals a rallying cry for better science - for too long women have been understudied as research subjects. Their cycles are more complicated, it's more expensive to do research on them, and scientists are under so much pressure to publish that it's often easier to just use a largely male testing pool, or one that ignores important factors for women.     

How the Pill Changes Everything will open your eyes and put you in a position of power. It provides the latest science so that you can understand the risks, weigh up the costs and make smarter, more informed choices about your health and hormones.

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©2019 Sarah E Hill (P)2019 Penguin Random House Audio LLC

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Very informative

I learnt so much and have been made more aware of how all differently each person can respond to different contraceptives. I will not underestimate the effects of hormones again.

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Changed my life

This book has changed my life. I love that it is not biased for or against the pill and just states the facts. Every woman should read this book. I enjoyed the narrators voice and reading style too

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Best EvoPsych book i've consumed in a while...

Ya'll need to listen to this! Even men! Coz the pill is changing everyone. And it ain't all bad. It just is.

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Every women should read this!

Doctors suck at giving women the information we need to make the best choices about our health. This is partly because medical research on women is so far behind research on men. And partly a cultural legacy of doctors just not believing women or taking women seriously. The area of contraception is a perfect example of this! Read this book to find out all the things your doctor should have told you but probably didn't. Unfortunately there are no easy answers but greater knowledge can empower you to make the best of what's on offer.

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  • TCON
  • 21-01-2020

Useful for me as a man & a pharmacist

This book was very useful for me in two of my roles. One as a man and the other in my profession as a Pharmacist. I learned a lot and would recommend it to my colleagues.

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  • Zen10
  • 25-10-2020

Vital reading for mothers of girls.

I never normally write reviews but feel this book has so much vital information to share I can’t recommend it highly enough. I chose it because as a homeopath I come across lots of young girls on the pill for problems unassociated with pregnancy prevention and this has led to so many other problems. I’m no endocrinologist but I have seen first hand the huge effect infinitesimal changes in hormone levels can create in a woman. This book helped me to understand why the science is so ham-fisted and just what these pesky hormones are capable of. I laughed and gasped in equal amounts and will listen to it again and again.

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  • Sarah
  • 16-01-2021

For every woman who has ever taken the pill

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Very interesting to learn how the pill can affect the brain in so many ways, with science to back it up. It has empowered me to feel like I now have more information to make the right decision as to whether I should take the pill or not. I like how you can speed it up too to get through the book faster.

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  • Krissy
  • 05-01-2021

Fantastic

Loved it. so informative and has really opened my mind to contraception and the implications.

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  • Gill
  • 04-10-2020

Lenghtly

The book was informative but boring. There are lot of not needed informations on this topic. Big part of the book talks about evolution, mating of fish and baboons, society norms and the last one hour talks about why research isn't done on women equally like on man. Well honestly, this book should be just under three hours long if it talked purely about contraceptives.

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  • Laura
  • 15-09-2020

fascinating

I really enjoyed this book and I think all women need to read this. Not enough people understand or even consider the effects of messing with our hormones and it's just crazy! Two things I didn't like - the swearing, there is no need? Secondly, abbreviating some terms but not others - just call Testosterone, Testosterone! it becomes more confusing when you call it T.

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  • LK
  • 21-04-2020

Pseudo-science gossip column

I was looking forward to this book, but it's written like an anecdotal gossip column. I couldn't finish it.

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  • Chapperzgal
  • 23-11-2019

essential reading

every woman needs to read this highly informative and insightful book in order to make more informed choices regarding birth control.

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  • K. Starkie
  • 20-11-2019

food for thought

Sometimes repetitive but overall very interesting and relevant to me. had to be in the right frame of mind to absorb it.

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  • Jenny Harding
  • 14-01-2021

A fascinating insight into an important subject

Very informative easy to follow exploration of the mechanisms and effects of hormonal birth control on women, men and the relationship between them. Tablets taken unthinkingly by millions of women around the world to prevent pregnancy, yet few stop to consider the potential effects of manipulating hormonal responses. Listened straight through and I would recommend this to anyone who is either using hormonal birth control or in a relationship with someone who is. An absolutely fascinating study.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2021

Unsure about this

Parts of this book may be upsetting if you have had a miscarriage even if it doesn't intend to be.

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