The Truth About Birth Control, Part III

The Truth About The Pill

Part III

Read Part I and Part II.

I am lifting the following information from an ABC News article, “The Pill:  What You Might Not Know”. 

The subhead of the article was: “Even With More Women on Birth Control, Many Don’t Hear About the Variety of Side Effects”.

Here are revelant excerpts:

The Pill May Change How You Choose A Man

This August, research began to confirm another strange connection between the birth control pill and a woman’s nose.

In a study of about 100 college students in the U.K., scientists found that the pill may change how women find a man’s scent sexually attractive.

The study collected body odor from volunteers and put it in jars for the ladies to smell. Among the 200-300 different chemical compounds in sweat, researchers tried to draw a connection to the woman’s reaction to the sweat and a by-product in the sweat from the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes, which contribute to the body’s immune system.

Since the late 1990s, research has shown that women find the scent of a man more attractive if he has MHC genes that are different from their own, and less attractive if he has similar MHC genes.

But that all may change two months after a woman goes on the pill.

For example, “They may choose someone they may not choose otherwise,” he said. In theory, Roberts said a woman may choose a man while she’s on the pill and feel fine, but subconsciously find her mate less attractive if she goes off the pill.

“There is evidence that couples that are more MCH similar to each other have more difficulty conceiving, and they have more miscarriages,” added Roberts, who has also cited research that women who marry men with similar MCH genes are more likely to have an affair. 

Aside from chemical conjectures, Einstein’s Santoro has heard straight from her patients that the pill can affect one’s sex life.

“Clearly, pills suppress androgen production in the ovary, so, to the extent that androgen levels drive sex drive in women, it could affect them,” said Santoro, who is also a doctor with the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.  

Santoro said many of her patients tend to think of the pill as an off-switch for hormones, but in truth, the pill exposes women to higher levels of hormones to overcome their own cycle.

“Because the pill in a lot of ways produces a pseudo-pregnant state, some of the side effects of pregnancy are noticed in the pill,” Santoro said.

That means women on the pill may experience heartburn, or constipation, or sleep disturbances, either as insomnia or extra sleepiness.

So, let’s see … decreased sex drive; bad choice in men; pseudo-pregnancy.

And, there’s nothing wrong with the pill, right?

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