Men, let’s face it. When it comes to birth control options, the sex education you receive and the media you take in on a daily basis send the message that in terms of preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill is your best choice. You are sent this message repeatedly to the point where if you meet a woman who is not taking the pill, you may find it odd. However, there are many reasons you should be glad that your partner prefers non-hormonal options of birth control.
First, hormonal birth control can cause a variety of health issues in the woman you love. For example, if the pill is taken before a woman’s first pregnancy, her risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 44%. Birth control pill use also increases the risks of developing cervical cancer, liver tumors, blood clots to the lung, and heart attacks. In terms of everyday side effects, hormonal birth control can cause weight gain, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, migraine headaches, nausea, and mood swings.
There is one side effect of hormonal birth control use that can cause a great impact on your day to day relationship, and that is loss of interest in sex. Birth control pills work by suppressing ovulation (and therefore her natural cyclical hormones) and essentially tricking her body into thinking it is pregnant. Multiple studies have linked the pill to decreased levels of testosterone, which is the fuel source for the female libido.
Finally, there is evidence to support that men find women more attractive when they are ovulating. In a 2012 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, researchers showed 500 men photos of 202 women’s faces while playing them recordings of the women’s voices at two different points in their menstrual cycles. The men found the faces and voices more attractive when the women’s voices were recorded during ovulation.
In conclusion, there is definite research to support that if your partner is not on hormonal birth control, she will be healthier, and your sex life will be the better for it. What’s not to love?