Can Oral Contraceptives Affect Recognition of Complex Emotions?

Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) can blur the social judgment of a person as they can alter complex emotions in women. The scientists have revealed these changes in the emotion recognition associated with OCP consumption.

The study published in the Frontiers in Neuroscience suggested that the OCP users were in 10% worse condition than non-users. The drugs decipher the most unknowable emotional expressions, which questioned the impact of drugs on social interactions.

Risks Associated with the Use of OCP:

There is a lot of accessible information on the possible physical side effects of the OCPs. Along with birth control, it helps control acne and heavy blood loss during periods. Additionally, it is beneficial in the lowering risks of ovarian, colon, and uterine cancers. However, they increase risk of cervical and breast cancer, blood pressure fluctuations, and blood clots. 

However, there is less documentation of these side effects due to the use of OCP. Dr. Alexander Lischke from the University of Greifswald, Germany, said that 100 million women are using oral contraceptives across the world. However, there is little information about the side effects on emotions and behavior in women.

Thus, OCP users are struggling to recognize subtle expressions on some of the complex emotions such as anger or pride.

For further exploration of OCPs side effects, the researchers examined about 53 OCP non-users and 42 users. The results were similar to the expectations that non-users were at 10% lowere than OCP users.

The effect showed both the positive and negative effects on expressions despite the OCP type and menstrual cycle.

However, Alexander Lischke emphasized on conducting more studies to propose changes in the existing drug guidelines.

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