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Birth Control Pill Could Impact Who You Date

The Pill Could Impact Who You Date

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?

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Angelica-Marden Angelica-Marden 6 years
This really is fascinating.
BorgesMarquez BorgesMarquez 6 years
I think this is more fact than fiction. The pill stops/or disrupts the reproductive cycle in some way and if it does that, isn't it logical to think that that's is not the only thing disrupting? Just my opinion!
Tara-Block Tara-Block 6 years
I think this is really crazy if it's true! I would hope love is more than chemicals, but who knows what we'll discover in the future about how some of the drugs/pills we take affect our life choices.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
In my experience, this is true. When I started taking the Pill, I started losing my attraction for my ex. My sex drive dropped among other things. A few months after stopping, the attraction came back. I met my new guy after being off the Pill for over 3 years. When I went back on the Pill for one month, I started questioning my attraction to him. I quit and within a week, I was back to normal, feeling the attraction again. So weird.
JenniferVL JenniferVL 6 years
I think that this article is funny. I have been on birth control pills for about 2 1/2 years now and by no means have I been less attracted to masculine men. As a matter of fact I started taking the pill while dating my ex...and he is totally different than my husband. Everything from scent, body type, and health wise. I do not have the greatest immune system and my husband has an awesome one. my parents have different immunities and I came out with a horrible one. So it all comes down to this, everyone is different and I don't see how this study was even possible. IT also is a lie that it kills your sex drive. I still have sex on the pill. It does make you retain water so it is very important to keep hydrated and get some sort of physical activity daily. What I do know is that being on the pill can affect your mood or even your health. It is not for everyone and I believe it should not be taken for most of your life. I plan to stop taking the BC pill in about a year.
lwisne lwisne 6 years
This is fascinating stuff!
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