Sep 8, 2008

Is your pill to blame?

For all the hypochondriac, self diagnosing obsessed people in the world, webmd is a site that's purely heaven sent! I stumbled across an article today titled :

Pill Users Choose 'Wrong' Sex Partners

"I'm a pill user! Did I choose the wrong partner?" I jokingly thought to I continued reading!

A UK study suggested that women are sexually attracted to men who smell like a good genetic match, but birth control pills make her desire the "wrong" men. The article went on to say that studies suggested women were attracted to men whose genetic makeup differed from their own and that having a genetically different mate increased the chances for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

At first I thought that this article was just for pure entertainment, but then I started thinking - - it all makes sense! If we instinctively use our sense of smell to seek out a sexual mate that would provide superior offspring, it's only natural that birth control pills (whose entire aim is to throw a monkey wrench in baby making plans) would alter the effectiveness! Now...what do you do once you're off of the pill and trying to have a baby? Do you switch up your mate? Does your sexual attraction to your current mate suffer seeing as how they weren't necessarily chosen based on their genetic superiority...The article delved into this a bit:

The question, of course, is what happens when a woman taking birth control pills marries a man to whom she's attracted -- and then stops taking the pill.

Herz says marriage counselors who have never heard about these studies tell her that the No. 1 complaint among women no longer sexually interested in their husbands is that they can no longer stand how he smells.

"If you can't stand how someone smells, you cannot become intimate," Herz says.

I agree with this statement. Think about it - - the sense of smell is so can evoke wonderful memories of that special someone, bring you back to a terrible place in time, make your mouth water, face does so much. Now imagine being totally repulsed by it...yeah, it's not a good look in the sex department! For now, I'll continue to be a fan of BCP (birth control pills) and take my chances with my partner! I don't feel like I've picked the short straw :)
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