(Closed) Do You Believe this Study?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
2379 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went off the BCP briefly (about 4 months) and I didn’t notice an attraction change.  However, hormonal changes cause horrible migraines for me, so that didn’t help the sex drive at all 😛  HE was still as attractive as ever, but the “I have a headache” excuse was actually legit.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

The write-up of the study on MSN didn’t do a great job of getting the details right (as often happens).

The only statistically-significant finding it yielded (for a subgroup with an N = 14) was that women already in a relationship and on birth control pills demonstrated less competitiveness with other women. That makes perfect intuitive sense from an evolutionary standpoint, right? If you’re already paired up and are not trying to have a child, then you really don’t have a reason to compete for a mate, do you? Also, based on the study design, there is no way to avoid observer effect (i.e. disguise from participants what is being studied to prevent them from changing their behavior, consciously or subconsciously, to alter the results). These women knew exactly what the researchers were looking at based on the protocols of the study and what they did to participate.

Which isn’t to say that birth control hormones might not affect attraction once you go off birth control. That’s certainly possible, and other research out there has looked into it. But I wouldn’t freak out over this particular study with its very small N and not-very-surprising conclusions.

Post # 6
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was off the pill for about a month maybe a year ago, and I actually found the opposite to be true… I was more attracted to DH and horny as hell. I’m sure everyone has a different reaction, just like with any other kind of prescription.

Post # 7
10510 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I didn’t read this study, but other studies have shown contradictory results about whether BCP makes you more attracted to people you’re more or less related to (usually MHC based).  There’s just not enough evidence to draw many conclusions.

Post # 9
10510 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@maloussii:  Not relatives like aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, but varying degrees of genetic relatedness, like I said, usually based on MHC (major histocompatibility complex).

It’s also usually basing it on things like smell.

Post # 11
4373 posts
Honey bee

I had opposite experience– off BCP, sex drive went up.

Post # 12
10368 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Science reporters get it right approximately 0.0000001% of the time. Such a failure of an article. An N-14 study is precarious at BEST and honestly shouldn’t even be reported on. This is MSNBC scraping for something that will create an eye-catching headline.

Post # 13
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Important to note about this study: n=28, meaning only 28 women were included in the sample.  This is a preliminary study, on a very small sample of women, in one geographical area.  It has an intriguing result, but it has not been corroborated, or at least that isn’t mentioned, so this is a “here’s an interesting question, let’s take a quick look at it, and see if anything interesting pops up” study.  Results, at this stage of research, are not considered scientifically proven.  This is one small study showing an effect.  Much, much, much more research will be done before this becomes an accepted phenomenon within the scientific community.

If it was n=10,000, the results would be much more meaningful.  As of now, they are simply a starting point for further study.

Post # 14
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I’m familiar with the study @AB Bride shared, and I totally believe it.  I ended up no longer attracted to my partner of 5 years, who I had selected while on the pill, once I came off it.  I also felt mentally far more like myself than I had since I was 18.  At the time, I just assumed I was getting more stereotypically “girly” as I matured, but I guess not.  Went off the pills at 23 and started thinking like my 18 year old self again.

Post # 15
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think it’s a matter of believing the study or not.  The results are what they are but obviously that doesn’t make them conclusive.  It’s up to consumers of research to interpret results properly given the various limitations of each specific study.  

I’ve been off the pill for 2 months now and haven’t noticed any differences in any way whatsoever.


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