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Title: Oral contraception and romantic relationships - from the lab to the real world
Authors: Roberts, S Craig
Cobey, Kelly D
Klapilova, Katerina
Havlicek, Jan
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Keywords: mate choice
the pill
sexual desire
relationship satisfaction
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: International Society for Human Ethology
Citation: Roberts SC, Cobey KD, Klapilova K & Havlicek J (2014) Oral contraception and romantic relationships - from the lab to the real world, Human Ethology Bulletin, 29 (3), pp. 4-13.
Abstract: We review recent evidence that suggests that oral contraceptives may influence the dynamics of sexual relationships and the human pair-bond. Hormonal birth control likely has positive effects on cementing the pair-bond by decoupling sex from conception. However, changes in women's evolved mate preferences associated with initiation or discontinuation of hormonal contraception may alter attraction to her partner, with potentially negative consequences for sexual satisfaction. We describe the evidence for such changes produced by laboratory studies, including prospective experimental designs, and how the consequences of such changes are being explored beyond the laboratory. In view of the growing prevalence of modern hormonal contraceptive methods across the globe, further study of such effects is urgently required.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Human Ethology Bulletin Vol 29, No 3 (2014) by International Society for Human Ethology. The original publication is available at:
Affiliation: Psychology
Charles University in Prague
Charles University in Prague

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