Birth Control, Body Odor, & Mate Selection
Initial heterosexual attraction is biologically rooted in pheromones (a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species).
Naturally, we are attracted to a mate with genes that are different than ours and therefore less likely to be related to us. This trait evolved to prevent miscarriages and create stronger offspring with a higher survival rate.
Hormonal birth control pills introduce hormones that suppress ovulation and lead to temporary fertility loss. Consequently, women’s perception of men may serve a different function than that occurring around ovulation: for example, choosing a cooperative partner who helps around the house vs. a genetically compatible partner to procreate with.
💊 The pill disrupts our natural pheromones and guides mate selection towards more genetically similar individuals; often being men whose body odor resembles that of an apparently supportive genetic relative 😳
💊 Studies have shown that women who had used hormonal birth control when they first met their partner, and then ceased to take them (often so they could get pregnant), resulted in lower levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction toward their partner, and are more likely to get divorced.
Charlotte Morgan, M.S. L.Ac.