Episode 15 – Sex and the Brain Part 3

We are Neuro-scientists casually talking science for non-scientist and scientist alike. We continue our series on Sex and the Brain. In this episode we delve into “the Pill” i.e. oral contraceptives, their history, role in reproduction and effects if any on the brain.


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