Your Birth Control May Be Making You Like Less Manly Men
2:30 pm, March 28th | by Meredith Lepore
New research shows that women using the birth control pill prefer men with less masculine faces compared to non-users. So watch out pretty boys! Basically your birth control is now affecting your partner preference.
The study found that women on the pill were attracted to men with more feminine features but their perceptions of attractiveness did not change when it came to female faces. For couples who first met when the woman was on the pill, the men were less likely to have manly faces than those who met when the woman was off the pill.
“When women were taking the pill, they preferred less masculine male faces (those with more narrow jawbones and more rounded faces, for instance) than before they started taking birth control, the results showed.
Next, the researchers looked at whether taking the pill influenced women’s choices of partners. The scientists compared 85 couples who reported using the pill when they met to 85 couples who reported not using it. Researchers took photos of the faces of the men in each couple and had volunteers judge the manliness of each. The volunteers also rated computer-tweaked versions of the images that accentuated differences in masculinity, for instance making a wide lower jawline (a manly trait) even wider.”
Great to know that chemicals in your body may actually be impacting who you end up with for the rest of your life. Though since another study found that when women are menstruating they tend to go for the more manly men, maybe this balances things out. Both Eddie Redmayne-types and The Rock-types will find love.
But the study is not a double-blind experiment, so it doesn’t account for all factors. Some of these women may just like prettier looking guys to begin with and then the pill increases that preference.