Study suggests The Pill plays a part in picking your partner
About two weeks before your period, did you ever notice manly, tough-guys like Denzel Washington’s character in “Training Day” get you all hot and bothered, but on The Pill, your ideal man is more like the docile, submissive Julian Murch in “The Best Man?”
Blame the birth control.
Scientists long ago discovered that while women were ovulating, they were drawn to men who were genetically dissimilar to them, in other words, masculine, dominant men. Ahem, hello Denzel Washington. Scientists also found evidence suggesting that this attraction to manly men was better for successful reproduction.
But a recent study shows that women taking birth control pills don’t feel that same lust for genetically dissimilar partners during ovulation – goodbye Denzel, hello Julian?
“Ovulating women exhibit a preference for more masculine male features, are particularly attracted to men showing dominance and male-male competitiveness and prefer partners that are genetically dissimilar to themselves. This is significant because there is evidence suggesting that genetic similarity between couples might be linked with infertility,” states Dr. Alexandra Alvergne in her article, published in the science journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, “Does the contraceptive pill alter mate choice in humans?”
In the study, Alvergne and colleague Dr. Virpi Lummaa suggest that oral contraceptives not only impact a woman’s choice in men but may even alter a male’s attraction to pill-popping ladies. Apparently, men are more attracted to ovulating women than non-ovulating women.
So if you’re popping the pill and wondering why you keep meeting the wrong guys, maybe it’s time to run to the drug store for some, ahem, alternative birth control.
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