For years scientists have argued that much of what makes two people attracted to each other can be chalked up to chemistry. But new research suggests birth contraceptive can disrupt the chemical signals women that make them attractive to men.
The type of man a woman is drawn to is known to change during her monthly cycle—when a woman is fertile, for instance, she might look for a man with more masculine features. Taking the pill or another type of hormonal contraceptive upends this natural dynamic, making less-masculine men seem more attractive, according to a small but growing body of evidence. The findings have led researchers to wonder about the implications for partner choice, relationship quality and even the health of the children produced by these partnerships.
Scientists say they have found that the natural chemical signals that women emit when they are ovulating and fertile are “wiped out” when she is on a contraceptive.
Women on the pill no longer experience a greater desire for traditionally masculine men during ovulation. Their preference for partners who carry different immunities than they do also disappears. And men no longer exhibit shifting interest for women based on their menstrual cycle, perhaps because those cues signaling ovulation are no longer present, scientists say.
With over 92 million prescriptive for birth control filled in the U.S. last year alone, some say the newest findings may discourage women from staying on the pill. But researchers say that they aren’t trying to discourage women from taking birth control pills. Rather, they just want them to see the whole picture. Alexandra Alvergne, a researcher in biological anthropology at University College London in the U.K. says:
“We just want to know what we’re doing…if there is a risk it affects our romantic life and the health status of our children, we want to know.”
What are your thoughts on birth control as a chemistry blocker? Do you think being on the pill can make a woman seem less attractive to her potential mate?
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