Women May Find Men More Attractive When They’re On The Pill

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Contributor
Published: 11/17/2014 07:14 PM EST on LiveScience

Picking a partner while on the Pill might have lasting ramifications on marital satisfaction, new research finds.

The new findings show that women who start or stop hormonal contraception during a relationship tend to experience a drop in sexual satisfaction, according to the new study, published today (Nov. 17) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

But even odder, women in the study who got together with their future husbands while taking hormonal birth control and who later stop using the medication also become less satisfied with their marriages — but only if their husbands were less attractive than average. If hubby was a hottie, women became more satisfied after stopping the hormones, the study showed.

“Given that women [tend to] prioritize attractiveness differently when they are on versus off [hormonal contraceptives], I thought that going on or off [hormonal contraceptives] should affect how happy they are with their partner,” said study leader Michelle Russell, a graduate student in psychology at Florida State University. [7 Surprising Facts About the Pill]

The effect may occur because the progesterone and estrogen in hormonal birth control affect women’s fertility, and thus what they —> Read More Here


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