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    Default Birth control leads to higher divorce rates.

    If you met your partner while on birth control chances are your relationship will end once she's done taking it.


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    That's because birth control screws up women's hormones.
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    I thought it probably had something to do with the risk factor. People are more likely to mess around if there's no kid involved.

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    Do you specifically mean pills/other hormonal stuff? Or contraception in general?
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    Women are more likely to seek men with scents that reflect gene markers similar to their own when on the pill, and scents that reflect different genetics when not on the pill. There's also a difference between the scents women are attracted to during menstruation and mid-cycle. The divorce bit is conjecture extrapolated from these scent study results afaik. Google yay.

    I think they drastically underestimate the impact of changes in societal attitudes to marriage and divorce since the pill was introduced. Biologists *shrugs*
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    I heard about the scent thing, but really, women on the pill are the only ones seeking...

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    Link? People who posted before do bring up valid points, but correlation =/= causation.

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    I remember reading the article about the scents before too.

    Keep in mind, if you meet your partner, and are physically attracted naturally, when the woman is on birth control, neither partner may find each other as attractive. But don't worry, it's only a temporary thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxOnStilts View Post
    Link? People who posted before do bring up valid points, but correlation =/= causation.
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    Thornhill, Randy; Gangestad, Steven W.; Miller, Robert; Scheyd, Glenn; McCollough, Julie K.; Franklin, Melissa (2003). "Major histocompatibility complex genes, symmetry, and body scent attractiveness in men and women". Behavioral Ecology 14: 668–678.

    Wedekind C, Füri S, 1997. Body odor preference in men and women: do they aim for specific MHC combinations or simply heterozygosity? Proc R Soc Lond B 264: 1471-1479.

    S. Craig Roberts, L. Morris Gosling, Vaughan Carter, and Marion Petrie
    MHC-correlated odour preferences in humans and the use of oral contraceptives Proc. R. Soc. B December 7, 2008 275:2715-2722

    Wedekind C, Seebeck T, Bettens F, Paepke AJ, 1995. MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans. Proc R Soc Lond B 260: 245-249.


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    @octo Thank you for the fantastic citations, especially the Behavioral Ecology one. Journal articles make me damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxOnStilts View Post
    @octo Thank you for the fantastic citations, especially the Behavioral Ecology one. Journal articles make me damp.
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    Excess estrogens make you cranky and depressed...Not to mention no sex drive.

    So you can see how this all adds up to a divorce.
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    i really hate hormonal birth control. i still have used it because its the best option for worry-free sex but it sucks. people have all kinds of things to say about other pills like psychiatric meds and how they fuck with you but sooo many people take hormonal birth control and nobody blinks an eye about it even though what it does to you is pretty drastic. i think its kind of ironic how the pill makes you gain weight and messes with your pheremones and lowers your libido and basically makes you less attractive and sexual so that you can have more sex.

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    The only good thing about birth control is that it makes your boobs noticeably bigger. Come to think of it, I remembered seriously questioning my relationship once I got on BC (though I think that had more to do with other things )

    Honestly, I think people underestimate the pull out method ... as long as you know you can trust your partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    The only good thing about birth control is that it makes your boobs noticeably bigger.
    That's a big one. Also it slows down endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease, helps with pelvic inflammatory disease, reduces risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers, reduces cramps, can reduce PMS mood swings (or exacerbate them depending on formulation) and clears up skin. I think the first few benefits are often overlooked, even though I've had friends prescribed the pill for those reasons. Risk of endometriosis is one of the main reasons I stay on the pill despite the often-crappy side effects.

    Honestly, I think people underestimate the pull out method ... as long as you know you can trust your partner.
    I'm not too keen on the satisfaction aspect myself, but I think it's a personal choice. Also, many people overlook the effectiveness of the rhythm method (keeping track of temperature etc). Since you're only at risk of pregnancy about half the time, pulling out often isn't necessary, although it may be a good habit to keep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertility_awareness

    My Catholic mother stayed baby-free for 6 and 5 years on the rhythm method, but she's a nurse so she was very good at taking her temperature...
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    I'm struggling to see why people have the need to get married.
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    Hey! I was thinking about this topic some while at work, and I had an idea. With all the studies linked above, about scents linking attraction... they talk about the test subjects being UNBIASED by not using any scented deodorant or aftershave... !!! wouldn't this mean that people who wear heavy colognes and perfumes are more likely to have a divorce??? That would make sense in theory, right? If you meet your partner while they're wearing a certain scent, you might not naturally be attracted to them, as the scent wears off. Have there been any studies on that? That would probably apply as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Dew View Post
    Hey! I was thinking about this topic some while at work, and I had an idea. With all the studies linked above, about scents linking attraction... they talk about the test subjects being UNBIASED by not using any scented deodorant or aftershave... !!! wouldn't this mean that people who wear heavy colognes and perfumes are more likely to have a divorce??? That would make sense in theory, right? If you meet your partner while they're wearing a certain scent, you might not naturally be attracted to them, as the scent wears off. Have there been any studies on that? That would probably apply as well.
    Stick with math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Dew View Post
    Hey! I was thinking about this topic some while at work, and I had an idea. With all the studies linked above, about scents linking attraction... they talk about the test subjects being UNBIASED by not using any scented deodorant or aftershave... !!! wouldn't this mean that people who wear heavy colognes and perfumes are more likely to have a divorce??? That would make sense in theory, right? If you meet your partner while they're wearing a certain scent, you might not naturally be attracted to them, as the scent wears off. Have there been any studies on that? That would probably apply as well.
    Unless your spouse is constantly spraying themselves with scent I think you'd notice you were
    unattracted to them before you got married.

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