Does hormonal contraception affect romance? You bet.
Women using hormonal contraceptives miss out on ovulation, which shrinks waists (1), brightens lips, and increases sex drive (2). Ovulating women have higher voices (3), smell better (4), dress sexier (5), feel less stressed, have fewer headaches, boast a higher brain volume (6), are more alert (7), and have a more positive mood (8).
But that's not all. Ethinyl estradiol, a common ingredient in hormonal contraceptives, raises women's relational jealousy (9). Oral contraceptive users are less sexually satisfied and less attracted to their partners (10). And of breakups, Pill users initiate separation more often than non-users (10).
So what if a woman using hormonal contraception starts to date a guy and then stops using that method? Her chemistry goes back to normal (10) and she starts to like men with different genes (11, 12) and testosterone levels (10). What does this mean for her current man?
Maybe "women who met their partner while taking hormonal birth control should consider switching...several months in advance of tying the knot...to assess whether their feelings for their partner...change" (13) or maybe "some of these side effects are so serious that [we should] urge young women to consider...leaving the birth control pills behind" (14) and check out a natural way (15).
1. UT: dailymail.co.uk/health/article-55138/Why-ovulation-makes-women-sexy.html#ixzz1piEXgXU6
2. Royal Society Biology Letters
4. pss.sagepub.com/content/21/2/276.abstract, news.discovery.com/human/women-ovulation-hormones-behavior.html
13. Dr. Craig Roberts, thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/05/birth-control-may-affect-long-term-relationships/
14. Dr. Madeleine Castellanos, thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/05/birth-control-may-affect-long-term-relationships/