WOMEN who take the Pill tend to choose as partners men who are less attractive and worse in bed, but, who are a sounder bet for a long-term relationship, according to an unusual study.
Probing the effect of contraceptive hormones on mating choice, researchers questioned 2519 women in the United States, Czech Republic, Britain and Canada who had had at least one child.
The volunteers were asked to rate their relationship for general satisfaction and sexual pleasure and the attractiveness of their partner or, retrospectively, of their ex.
Oral contraception had been used by 1005 women when they met their partner, while 1514 had used no form of hormonal birth control at the first encounter.
"Our results show some positive and negative consequences of using the Pill when a woman meets her partner," said Craig Roberts of Stirling University, Scotland, who led the investigation.
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