The Secret to Attracting Your Husband: Don’t Take the Pill

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We’ve told you numerous times about the many dangers birth control pills can have on your health, but could they also affect your romantic moods? Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on new studies suggesting that women who use hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills, are disrupting the chemical signals that affect their attractiveness to men, their preference for best suited romantic partners, relationship quality, libido, and the health of their offspring.

Chemistry plays a major role in the attraction between the sexes.  Research shows that humans transmit and recognize information regarding sexual attraction through chemical scents called pheromones.  Women naturally prefer the scents of men whose immune system genes are most different from their own, so that their children will be healthier since they will be protected from more pathogens.

The studies show that both men’s and women’s preferences in mates shift when a woman is ovulating, which is the time when she is fertile.  When women are ovulating, they tend to be drawn to men with greater masculine features, which indicates that men are more fertile and have better genes to produce healthy offspring.  Men tend to find women more attractive while they are ovulating because of the subtle cues women exhibit during this time.

The studies show that these natural mating preferences get wiped out when a woman is on birth control pills, which can lead to relationship dissatisfaction, less sexual responsiveness, fewer genetically healthy children, and women becoming inclined to stray from their partners.  Women also report loss of libido and change in moods while on birth control pills.  A 2004 study in Behavioral Ecology reported that men experienced the greatest attraction for the non-pill using women when they were ovulating, versus women on the pill.

Given the numerous health risks and the loss of romantic moods, is the pill really worth it to you? Weigh in and let us know what you think.



Reality Chick
$20 says my comment, which is contrary to the blog owner's opinion, doesn't get approved. It's clear he sockpuppets for his own page with these fake comments anyway.
4/9/2014 12:31:41 PM
Reality Chick
The rhythm method (aka "natural family planning") does not work. Just ask any Catholic mother of 10+ kids. Please don't fool yourselves into believing that birth control is bad or dangerous. It's not. Anyone who tells you otherwise has a religious or political agenda that likely involves controlling your reproductive rights.

In the early days, birth control pills contained exceptionally high amounts of estrogen, making them far more prone to dangerous side effects than the low doses used today. As long as you don't smoke, drink excessively or have high blood pressure, oral birth control is a safe and effective method of preventing pregnancy (and health conditions like ovarian cancer, menstrual cramps and ovarian cysts).

This article is written from a sexist male perspective that places a woman's attractiveness above her own reproductive health and freedom. Take with a huge pillar of salt.
4/9/2014 12:26:44 PM
Hotze Team
Try natural family planning. It consists of two forms: Systematic natural family planning, which uses a woman’s signs of fertility to determine the fertile & infertile times of her cycle; and ecological breastfeeding, which is a form of child care that normally spaces babies about two years apart on the average. Couples seeking to avoid pregnancy can practice chaste abstinence during the fertile time of her cycle.
12/13/2011 11:48:02 AM
Hi, I haven't been taking the pill for ten years for health reasons, but I'm 41 and had my second baby two years ago. I don't want to have more children. Many men don't like to use condoms, what should I use for protection then?? Grateful for your answer! :-) yours sincerely, Christina from Denmark p.s. would definitely come to Hotze for a consultation if it wasn't a 17 hour plane ride from Copenhagen! :-))
10/24/2011 7:01:12 AM
Camille Piland
Even though I no longer need the pill, I do have daughters in childbearing years. IF they DON'T take the pill what IS a safer way of birth control?
10/19/2011 10:39:44 AM

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