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How to Tell If He’s the One? Go Off the Pill

How to Tell If He’s the One? Go Off the Pill

I can’t say I’ve ever thought to go off the Pill as a means to a happily-ever-after end, but a recent study has me thinking about the link between oral contraceptives and relationship happiness.

Were you on the Pill when you met your current partner? According to results published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, your birth control may have skewed your taste when you picked him. The study found that women on oral contraceptives showed a weaker preference for “manly” men (those with high testosterone levels)—and they were less attracted to and less sexually satisfied with their partners.

The silver lining is a big one, though—Pill users were actually less likely to separate from their partners, happier with their partner’s financial support than non Pill users, and more satisfied with the non-sexual aspects of the relationship. One possible cause for this? Men with lower testosterone—the ones Pill users are more likely to pick—tend to be more faithful than more “masculine” men, which of course is most likely to lead to a happier union.

I can’t help but feel like, for Pill users like me, these are findings best read about and promptly forgotten. Unless, of course, you want to test your relationship by going off your oral contraceptives and seeing whether your guy still appeals to you or whether you start having eyes for the hunky mail room guy (better to find out sooner than when you’re trying to procreate?)

What about you—are these findings giving you pause?

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1:55AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

thanks

9:33PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

If this isn't the stupidest form of entrapment I have ever heard...well then I don't know what is but I sure as hell know that any bitch stupid enough to do this and run the extremely high risk of losing the guy, is also the same bitch that would go out an murder that same child when the dude called her on her scheming ways and dumped her azz......and another one bites the dust!

11:37AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

There are other reasons, but this is one that helped me decide to go off the pill. I'm single, and find it very interesting that the pill alters your preference. When we kiss we are tasting the other person to see if their immune systems our different than ours, and if they are we prefer them. Different immune systems make for a stronger immune system in your child. The pill fools your body into thinking you're pregnant, and when you're pregnant you prefer people around you with similar immune systems (think family, to protect and take care of you and your baby). I don't know if that's perfect science, but it's certainly interesting. Some scientists think the pill is responsible for higher divorce rates -- I don't agree, but it's an interesting thought!

8:25AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Thank you

2:03PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Makes sense considering the pill has the tendency to lower a women's libido.

9:07PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

I read this years ago.

9:00AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

I'm not sure about this.

11:16PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

What a stupid study. No thanks, I'll make sure for myself that I don't become pregnant, and if it is a new relationship, he wears a condom for a while too. No pregnancy or nasty STI surprises that way.

8:41PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I have read something similar to this years ago. It is pretty bad when a pill can affect your choices and influence your relationships. I couldn't take the pill it made me sick.

8:33PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you.

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