Episode 146: Gen Z is Walking Away From the Pill. Will They Turn Back?

November 18, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 146: Gen Z is Walking Away From the Pill. Will They Turn Back?


In recent years, a growing number of women of reproductive age have started walking away from the birth control pill. In fact, one survey found that 70% of those who were using the pill said they had either stopped taking it or were thinking about going off of it in the last three years. Why are so many Gen Z and millennial adults going off the pill? What contraceptives are they using instead? And how is the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade going to impact all of this? Let’s talk about it.

I am joined once again by Dr. Sarah Hill, an award-winning research psychologist and professor. She is author of the fascinating book Your Brain on Birth Control, The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The factors prompting a decline in birth control use among young women.
  • Common myths about hormonal birth control.
  • The rise of fertility-tracking apps, and what users need to know about them.
  • Where we are in the search for a male equivalent of the pill.
  • How changing access to reproductive rights is changing the conversations we’re having around contraception.

Learn more about Sarah at sarahehill.com and be sure to get a copy of Your Brain on Birth Control.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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