birth control

Let me begin this by saying that I absolutely love the pill. I have never experienced negative side effects from it, and I like how I am definitely not pregnant right now. Jesus Christ, do I ever love the pill. Loestrin, It’s terrific. Be on it immediately.

However, it’s also probably destroying my sense of smell. Our friends over at Refinery 29 studied the sie effects of birth control pills, and found :

A University of Catania study found that women who did not take the pill had the most sensitive sense of smell around the time of ovulation. But, after just three months of going on the pill, women showed no increased sense of smell at the time they were most fertile. This may seem inconsequential at first (if not a good thing for those who live with the environmental stink of urban, industrial, and agricultural areas).

Yes. This is what I thought. I absolutely do no care that I cannot stop and smell the roses provided I am always pretty sure that I am not pregnant. If I had a child, I’d have no time to stop and smell the roses anyway. But it’s not just that.

But, when we think about how smell is tied in with sexual desire, the effects are alarming. Jill Blakeway, a renowned New York-based acupuncturist and author of Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido, says that this could potentially lead us to pick the wrong mate. Indeed, another study by the University of New Mexico showed that when women were on the pill and most fertile, they showed no particular preference of the smell of men with symmetrical features vs. asymmetrical features, while those not on the pill clearly chose the scent of men with symmetrical features.

I kind of feel like this is good news for men with asymmetrical faces. I mean, it seems like those guys have it pretty rough to begin with (except for Mick Jagger), and they probably have nice hearts and things, so maybe it’s not the worst news in the entire world.

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