A hybrid documentary exploring all the possible effects of hormonal birth control on women’s brains and bodies.

In the Netherlands, more than 50% of the fertile female population uses some kind of hormonal contraceptive. Girls usually start by the time they are 16, in the middle of puberty. It is taken against pregnancy, but also against cramps, irregular periods or acne – basically, everyone with a uterus will have to think about it at some point in their life. Yet for something so widely prescribed and influential as hormones, its effects are minimised and misunderstood, especially by the doctors that prescribe them. This films aims to show the different effects that these hormones can have, looking for a way to make these invisible experiences visual.

Director: Pien van Grinsven
Phase: research
Production house: Korrel Film, Rotterdam