This week, The Wall Street Journal reported on something I've heard before: taking the pill could change which guys turn you on.
Breaking down the intricacies of personal taste to basic science, evolutionary psychologists and biologists have produced studies demonstrating that a woman is attracted to the scent, or pheromones, of men who have different immune systems than she does, perhaps since children born to parents with differing immunities would be healthier. Studies have also shown that women are more attracted to masculine men while ovulating.
But new research suggests that these preferences disappear when a woman takes hormonal birth control. She no longer prefers masculine men, nor those with different immunities. One biological anthropologist looking into the impact of the pill at University College London explained her motive, "We just want to know what we're doing" by taking the pill . . . "If there is a risk it affects our romantic life and the health status of our children, we want to know."
If you met your mate while you were on the pill, does this make you question your compatibility, or do you think it's an oversimplification of love?