The Drs: Does Hormonal Contraception Affect Attraction?
The Doctors kicked off their show by jumping right into some hot topics with the help of psychotherapist Dr Jenn Berman. According to a new study, some women may have a variation of “beer goggles” called pill goggles. A new study has found that hormonal contraception can mess up how attracted you are to someone and can even cloud your initial feelings toward a prospective partner.
Dr Jennifer Ashton said the only scientific basis she can see in this study is that every birth control pill can lower your testosterone level, which could interfere with how you view a man. Dr Drew Ordon pointed out that the pill can also lower libido. Dr Jenn Berman pointed out that the study didn’t look at factors like longevity of the relationship, connection, financial stability, or how well the couple works together.
The Drs: Birth Control Pills & Attraction
Dr Rachael Ross said there’s a lot happening when women are ovulating, and studies have shown that women are more attractive to men when they ovulate. She said women actually become more symmetric because they’re retaining water, which can give them a more attractive appearance. If you take away the ovulation factor, which being on the pill does, it can affect things.
Dr Travis Stork said attraction as whole is such a “bizarre phenomenon,” specially why we’re attracted to certain people and not others. Dr Stork said worst case scenario would be if you were married for quite some time, and then you went off birth control in order to have a child and suddenly realized you weren’t attracted to your partner. Dr Ordon said anyone that is in a long-term relationship, needs to take pride in that relationship and make sure you remain attractive to your partner. Dr Berman said the study, in a way, speaks to men, saying that they need to “up their game.”