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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Partner choice, relationship satisfaction, and oral contraception: the congruency hypothesis
Author(s): Roberts, S Craig
Little, Anthony
Burriss, Robert
Cobey, Kelly D
Klapilova, Katerina
Havlicek, Jan
Jones, Benedict C
DeBruine, Lisa M
Petrie, Marion
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Keywords: menstrual cycle
mate choice
romantic relationships
sexual desire
hormonal contraception
major histocompatibility complex
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Date Deposited: 19-Apr-2016
Citation: Roberts SC, Little A, Burriss R, Cobey KD, Klapilova K, Havlicek J, Jones BC, DeBruine LM & Petrie M (2014) Partner choice, relationship satisfaction, and oral contraception: the congruency hypothesis. Psychological Science, 25 (7), pp. 1497-1503.
Abstract: Hormonal fluctuation across the menstrual cycle explains temporal variation in women’s judgment of the attractiveness of members of the opposite sex. Use of hormonal contraceptives could therefore influence both initial partner choice and, if contraceptive use subsequently changes, intrapair dynamics. Associations between hormonal contraceptive use and relationship satisfaction may thus be best understood by considering whether current use is congruent with use when relationships formed, rather than by considering current use alone. In the study reported here, we tested this congruency hypothesis in a survey of 365 couples. Controlling for potential confounds (including relationship duration, age, parenthood, and income), we found that congruency in current and previous hormonal contraceptive use, but not current use alone, predicted women’s sexual satisfaction with their partners. Congruency was not associated with women’s nonsexual satisfaction or with the satisfaction of their male partners. Our results provide empirical support for the congruency hypothesis and suggest that women’s sexual satisfaction is influenced by changes in partner preference associated with change in hormonal contraceptive use.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0956797614532295
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Psychological Science July 2014 vol. 25 no. 7 1497-1503 by SAGE. The original publication is available at:

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