Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Review
, 25 (3), 171-9

Does the Contraceptive Pill Alter Mate Choice in Humans?

Affiliations
Review

Does the Contraceptive Pill Alter Mate Choice in Humans?

Alexandra Alvergne et al. Trends Ecol Evol.

Abstract

Female and male mate choice preferences in humans both vary according to the menstrual cycle. Women prefer more masculine, symmetrical and genetically unrelated men during ovulation compared with other phases of their cycle, and recent evidence suggests that men prefer ovulating women to others. Such monthly shifts in mate preference have been suggested to bring evolutionary benefits in terms of reproductive success. New evidence is now emerging that taking the oral contraceptive pill might significantly alter both female and male mate choice by removing the mid-cycle change in preferences. Here, we review support for such conclusions and speculate on the consequences of pill-induced choice of otherwise less-preferred partners for relationship satisfaction, durability and, ultimately, reproductive outcomes.

Comment in

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 18 PubMed Central articles

See all "Cited by" articles

Publication types

Substances

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback