Review published in TiCS: How Oral Contraceptives Impact Social-Emotional Behavior and Brain Function
Strong indications exist that OCs, by actions of their main ingredients, the ovarian hormones estradiol and P, affect social-emotional behavior and brain function.
Despite millions of users worldwide, neuroscientific research on the social-emotional effects of OCs is just starting to emerge.
The current literature demonstrates effects of OCs on emotional functions such as fear and stress, and on the social functions of partner preference and social reward.
Read the whole paper: http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613(16)30197-8