Does the pill control how you feel? Sure it does. We just popped five and BOY do we feel toasty.
But have you ever wondered just how the pill affects sexual chemistry with your partner?
Scientists have found that women who take the pill are more likely to be attracted to, essentially, nurturers; those with similar major histocompatibility complexes to their own.
Major histocompatibility complexes might sound like the kind of thing that’s traded on NASDAQ but they act more like fingerprints for your immune system. When pregnant or on the pill, a woman’s body is tuned to raising a baby more than making one. Make sense?
When you’re off the pill you’re more likely to be attracted to men who are, well, more animalistic. The kind of guy who eats steak with his fist. The kind of guy who high fives you after sex and then switches on an Adam Sandler movie. We kid, mostly, but the science holds up. You’re more likely to be attracted to the more stereotypically masculine guy.
Going off (or on) the pill mid-relationship could lead to being attracted to a whole other type of guy. This kind of scientific finding could very well account for all the sweater wearing dudes accompanying their girlfriends to Starbucks for that seasonal pumpkin spice latte; perhaps they ultimately share similar genetic makeup to their girlfriends. Or it could simply mean that those dudes are excellent conversationalists.
Either way: it’s incredible how much a small pill can shift sexual chemistry in one direction or another.