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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, S Craigen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKlapilova, Katerinaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLittle, Anthonyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBurriss, Roberten_UK
dc.contributor.authorJones, Benedict Cen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDeBruine, Lisa Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorPetrie, Marionen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHavlicek, Janen_UK
dc.description.abstractHormonal variation over the menstrual cycle alters women's preferences for phenotypic indicators of men's genetic or parental quality. Hormonal contraceptives suppress these shifts, inducing different mate preference patterns among users and non-users. This raises the possibility that women using oral contraception (OC) choose different partners than they would do otherwise but, to date, we know neither whether these laboratory-measured effects are sufficient to exert real-world consequences, nor what these consequences would be. Here, we test for differences in relationship quality and survival between women who were using or not using OC when they chose the partner who fathered their first child. Women who used OC scored lower on measures of sexual satisfaction and partner attraction, experienced increasing sexual dissatisfaction during the relationship, and were more likely to be the one to initiate an eventual separation if it occurred. However, the same women were more satisfied with their partner's paternal provision, and thus had longer relationships and were less likely to separate. These effects are congruent with evolutionary predictions based on cyclical preference shifts. Our results demonstrate that widespread use of hormonal contraception may contribute to relationship outcome, with implications for human reproductive behaviour, family cohesion and quality of life.en_UK
dc.publisherThe Royal Societyen_UK
dc.relationRoberts SC, Klapilova K, Little A, Burriss R, Jones BC, DeBruine LM, Petrie M & Havlicek J (2012) Relationship satisfaction and outcome in women who meet their partner while using oral contraception. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279 (1732), pp. 1430-1436.
dc.rightsPublisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Proc. R. Soc. B 7 April 2012 vol. 279 no. 1732 1430-1436, by the Royal Society with the following policy: In relation to the Author Generated Postprint only, You (the author) are free to: post it on Your personal or institutional web site, load it onto an institutional or not for profit repository provided that a link to the Definitive Published Version is included. The original publication is available at
dc.subjectmate choiceen_UK
dc.subjectcontraceptive pillen_UK
dc.subjectrelationship satisfactionen_UK
dc.titleRelationship satisfaction and outcome in women who meet their partner while using oral contraceptionen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.funderEconomic and Social Research Councilen_UK
dc.description.notesSupplementary material is available in the STORRE record.en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCharles University in Pragueen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNewcastle Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCharles University in Pragueen_UK
dc.relation.funderprojectConsequences of Using Hormonal contraception during Partner Choiceen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorRoberts, S Craig|0000-0002-9641-6101en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKlapilova, Katerina|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLittle, Anthony|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBurriss, Robert|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJones, Benedict C|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDeBruine, Lisa M|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPetrie, Marion|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHavlicek, Jan|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectES/I008217/1|Economic and Social Research Council|
local.rioxx.filenameRoberts et al.pdfen_UK
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