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Women On The Pill Have Worse Sex Lives, Apparently

by Adrián Martín Published on 12 October 2011

The study by the University of Stirling found that women on the pill feel less attracted to their partners and are less satisfied with their sex lives than their pill-free counterparts.

A recent study has revealed that taking the pill can lead to sexual dissatisfaction for many women.

Around 2,500 couples were interviewed for the study which concluded that although women on the pill weren't all that happy with their sex lives they did tend to have longer relationships and were less likely to separate. So it's not all bad news.

All couples interviewed had at least one child together and the study, published on Royal Society website, demonstrated that the pill alters a woman's unconscious perception of men.

"Hormonal variation over the menstrual cycle alters women's preferences for phenotypic indicators of men's genetic or parental quality. Hormonal contraceptives suppress these shifts, inducing different mate preference patterns among users and non-users.

"This raises the possibility that women using oral contraception (OC) choose different partners than they would do otherwise."

A study reported by Live Science revealed that we fancy different sorts of men throughout our cycle. We are more drawn to masculine-looking, square jawed men when we're at our most fertile and more feminine-looking men at all other times because our subconscious tells us they'd make better dads for our offspring.

In plain English, the report by the University of Stirling suggests that as the pill surpresses fertility women taking it are drawn to men they wouldn't necessarily fancy if they were not taking oral contraception.

by Adrián Martín

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