Typically, oral contraceptives combine the hormones estrogen and progestin to maintain a routine menstrual cycle, sans ovulation.
In doing so, birth control has granted women greater agency over their bodies and their reproductive systems, allowing them to better manage if and when motherhood happens.
When the pill turned 40 in 2010, an estimated 100 million women around the world were using oral contraceptives, primarily to prevent pregnancies [source: TIME].
"Given that women [tend to] prioritize attractiveness differently when they are on versus off [hormonal contraceptives], I thought that going on or off [hormonal contraceptives] should affect how happy they are with their partner," said study leader Michelle Russell, a graduate student in psychology at Florida State University.[7 Surprising Facts About the Pill] The effect may occur because the progesterone and estrogen in hormonal birth control affect women's fertility, and thus what they are looking for in a mate, according to the study.Previous studies have found that women prefer more masculine-looking partners when they are ovulating.Picking a partner while on the Pill might have lasting ramifications on marital satisfaction, new research finds.The new findings show that women who start or stop hormonal contraception during a relationship tend to experience a drop in sexual satisfaction, according to the new study, published today (Nov.When Enovid, the first birth control pill approved by the U. Food and Drug Administration, hit the market in 1960, American women were eager for the option.