Holy Hormones Honey! Years ago, I would have ‘sniffed’ at this article.. saying it was a Catholic Church ploy to keep women off of contraception. However, with what I know today – I am not surprised that the pill alters a woman’s chemical makeup. I also agree that ovulation is the peak of the cycle where women feel their optimum. When women come off the pill they are hormonally whacked – and husbands also struggle with this transition. They marry women ‘high’ on hormones and when they come down they are mental/emotional wrecks.
As many have said, the birth control pill is the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medicine. Period.
Want to Find a Good Husband and Have a Family? Don’t Use the Pill
How Contraception Interferes With Attraction — and Has Numerous Other Adverse Effects
National Catholic Register
BY LORI HADACEK CHAPLIN, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT
November 10, 2012
When women talk about having “pretty days” and days when they don’t feel as beautiful, there is science to corroborate this feeling of cycling attractiveness. Studies that have emerged in the last few years show women are perceptibly prettier and more alluring to the opposite sex during ovulation. The ovulatory cycle induces changes in women’s appearance, odor and voice pitch — to which men are sensitive. During ovulation, women also perceive themselves as being more alluring, and they report an increase in libido.
Unfortunately, women taking hormonal contraceptives like the pill don’t experience those peak attractive times because the contraceptive pill prevents ovulation.
That isn’t the only negative effect the pill has on women’s bodies.
Pill Alters Mate Choice
The 2009 U.K. study “Does the Contraceptive Pill Alter Mate Choice in Humans?” — published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution — not only verifies that the pill has a bearing on female attractiveness; it also reveals a much weightier issue: The pill interferes with natural mate preferences.
The study, conducted over a 10-year period, found that female pill users are drawn to men who are less masculine, less symmetrical-looking, and who are genetically similar to themselves. In contrast, ovulating women look for chiseled-featured, masculine men who are genetically dissimilar to themselves.
As Janet Smith, Register columnist and author of Contraception: Why Not, explained, “For over a decade, and perhaps longer, researchers have been discovering that pheromones, the hormones responsible for sexual attraction, are adversely affected by the use of hormonal contraception. Not only does contraception harm a woman’s health and expose her to risk of unwanted pregnancy, abortion, STDs, heartbreak and a host of other harms, it also gets in the way of her finding a suitable mate.”
Dr. Anthony Caruso, a pro-life fertility specialist based in suburban Chicago, added, “Another real concern is what might happen when the woman stops the pill and realizes that she is no longer attracted to her husband. For men, while the attraction basis may be different, these changes also influence him.”
Unbeknownst to her, an ovulating woman has the ability to sniff out a good genetic match. Body odor carries chemicals called major histocompatibility complex (MHC). “These MHC cells, which are a part of the immune system, appear to play a role in pheromone production. Women off the pill seem to want to have a partner with different MHCs than theirs,” explained Caruso.
Back in 1995, Swiss zoologist Claus Wedekind proved this preference for mates through his “sweaty t-shirt” experiment. He selected 49 women and 44 men based on their MHC gene types. The men were given clean t-shirts and told to sleep in them for two nights. The t-shirts were then placed in boxes with smelling holes. The women were invited to sniff the boxes and then rate each t-shirt’s aroma as to its intensity, pleasantness and sexiness. The results were that woman overwhelmingly preferred the scents of men who had different MHC genes from their own. However, women who were taking oral contraceptives preferred the smell of t-shirts with similar MHC genes as their own.
It appears that hormonal contraceptives throw off a woman’s sense of smell, and, contrary to nature, she becomes more attracted to a MHC-similar partner, explained Caruso: “This may be due to the fact that the pill puts the woman into a pregnancy-like state, and the attractiveness of home and security that comes from similar MHCs may play a role.”