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Birth control may affect long-term relationships
April 5th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Birth control may affect long-term relationships

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex weekly on The Chart. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed.

A recent study shows that women with lower testosterone levels - typically caused by the use of hormone-based oral contraceptives like the pill - are more attracted to men who also have low testosterone levels.

Previous studies have shown that the less testosterone a man has, the less likely he is to cheat, the more supportive he is, and the better he is at providing for his family. Sounds good, right?

Not quite. Previous studies have also shown that most women are historically more sexually attracted to higher testosterone levels. And the mothers in the study who eventually went off birth control post-wedding reported less sexual contentment than other women; they found their husbands less attractive and less sexually exciting once they went off the pill.

Dr. Craig Roberts of Stirling University questioned more than 2,500 women from around the world for his research. Did their taste in men shift? Or did their birth control have a “love-potion” type of effect?

When a woman uses hormonal birth control containing estrogen, she decreases her levels of available testosterone. And while women have much less testosterone in their systems than men - women’s bodies contain about 10% the amount of testosterone men do - what they do have helps fuel sexual desire, fantasy and the ability to become naturally lubricated in response to arousal.

So it makes sense that when a woman’s testosterone levels are diminished even further by something like the pill, she might be left feeling blasé about sex: hence her potential attraction to a low-testosterone male.

So it may not be as much the issue of going off birth control as it going on it in the first place. Sexual health expert Dr. Madeleine Castellanos cautions women to think carefully about their choice of contraceptive: "Some of these side effects are so serious that I now urge young women to consider just using condoms and leaving the birth control pills behind."

In addition to libido-shifts, some women who go on hormonal birth control experience pain during intercourse due to irritation of the tissues surrounding the opening of the vagina. In many cases, this is because she is unable to become physically aroused. And those who don’t deal with the issue may actually go on to develop vestibulodynia - a chronic and significant pain surrounding the opening of the vagina and the area of the perineum.

But for those who don’t want to give up the pill, there are women who find that triphasic birth control pills (different amounts of hormones every week) have less of an impact on their sex drive than monophasic pills (same amount of hormones each dose). Of course, hormones affect every woman differently, and there’s no guarantee that a triphasic pill will make much of a difference for you.

So it’s important for a woman to do her due diligence and weigh the pros and cons of various birth control options before settling on one. And know that the changes to a woman’s testosterone level (potentially diminished when she goes on, and then increased when she goes off) could alter her libido and create gaps with that of her partner’s.

Dr. Roberts says women who met their partner while taking hormonal birth control should consider switching to another method several months in advance of tying the knot in order to assess whether their feelings for their partner will change or stay the same.

But before you or your partner do anything of the sort, just make sure you have alternative contraception in place - there’s nothing like a sudden unintended pregnancy to put a damper on one’s sex life.

And for those women who do choose to stay on the pill, the study offers a silver lining: the women on the pill were happier overall in their relationships and more likely to stay together than their non-pill-taking counterparts. The benefits of the non-sexual aspects of the relationship outweighed any sexual downsides.

So perhaps it’s better to be evenly matched at the low-testosterone end of the spectrum (with a man who is more likely to be faithful) than potentially mismatched.


soundoff (1,013 Responses)
  1. mamatat

    (And 'research', too. Proof-reading is good.)

    April 6, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. No Name

    This is not scienc

    April 6, 2012 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Fiona

    This explains so much about my marriage. Wish I'd known it decades ago.

    I was on birth control pills for a couple years back in the 1980's, when they were much, much stronger than they are now (and dangerous). I had to go off them due to side effects, but if memory serves they increased my libido quite a lot. I wonder whether that is just me, or if the formulation was so different from the current ones.

    April 6, 2012 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. LOL

    So try just being the guy who has to face up to the fact that his wife only liked him cause he had low testosterone levels and now that his wife is "back to normal" he is too wimpy and not sexy enough for her.

    But maybe becuase the dude is so wimpy and understanding in the first place he'd be all right with that....

    April 6, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cleshflesh

      jock jams

      April 8, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse |
  5. Goodtymes

    Cooper based IUD, Ladies. Saves the hormones and the worries of an "oospie" for both parties.

    April 6, 2012 at 15:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • me

      And the copper is not dangerous? I think I'll try this if I get in a long-term relationship.

      April 6, 2012 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
    • nicolamonk

      IUDs are very safe, reversible, and as effective as sterilization. Because it's long term, after having it inserted you're good for years, it's relatively low maintenance. Not 100% safe- there are potential complications, and you can't get it if you have a copper allergy of course.

      April 8, 2012 at 00:36 | Report abuse |
    • JB

      beyond horrible to have inserted if you havent had children already, it can get lodged in your uterine , still has hormones on it!, costs quite a bit of money....long of the short they arent all they are cracked up to be...get the guy snipped instead lol

      April 8, 2012 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • tat

      I would recommend an IUD as well. Though it can get logged into your uterus, it can be easily removed in an out-patient setting (mine did get stuck, I had it removed out-patiently and got pregnant the next month; just celebrated my son's 9th b-day yesterday). An IUD can stay for up to 5 (or 10) years, depending of the kind, and if you can't afford to pay for it – buy yours in Europe (I got mine for $50, as opposed to paying $800 after health insurance here in US. They are sold over-the-counter in sterile packaging in most pharmacies). Copper-containing IUDs do not have hormones, but some people can be allergic to copper. I have had 3 in the past 15 years of married life, and would never consider a pill, especially after all the horror stories about hormone replacement therapies being linked to cancer. I am exposed to enough carcinogens as it is, no need for another daily dose.

      April 8, 2012 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      I <3 my IUD. It's not copper but the hormonal kind, but since the hormones stay local to the IUD, they don't have the systemic effects I got from the pill. Once I went off the pill and got the IUD my libido went WAY up. I also realized I didn't need to be in a marriage with someone I'd never felt attracted to. Sex was suddenly important to me again. Now I am in another relationship with someone who I love both because he's a wonderful supportive partner AND who I am totally hot for. I am SO much happier.

      April 9, 2012 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • BK

      I got the copper IUD because I wanted to drop the hormones. It hurt like crazy when I got it inserted and then proceded to be the worst decision of my life. Periods became incredible heavy with terrible cramps and it was painful to have sex. I gave it six months and then got that thing taken out. Switched to a tri-phasic like the article said and am doing fabulous. I don't know about the hormonal IUDs, but I do know they're progesterone only and they tend to make you gain weight. I wouldn't recommend the copper IUD to anyone.

      April 13, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
  6. Denise Mailo

    It almost sounds as though the author of this article is worried that the men these women (who use birth control) marry won't get enough sex! Just because most men continue to desire sexual activity into their 80's, doesn't mean every woman should be panting constantly for sex! As someone who first experienced sex at age 14, I am now tired of having to have it just because my husband wants to. Fortunately my husband is very understanding and is willing to wait until the time is right for both of us.

    April 6, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hibernia86

      Denise it is understanding that your husband would still want to have sex later in life. Just because you've given up on sex doesn't mean he has. If you want him to be faithful and happy in the relationship, then don't give up having sex with him. He will stay with you if you do.

      April 7, 2012 at 06:46 | Report abuse |
    • tacc2

      Wow, glad I'm not married to you. I'll never understand why people with mismatched libidos get married. I had a girlfriend once who only wanted it about once a week at the start of the relationship. Once a week eventually turned into once every two weeks. I was young and dumb enough to put up with that for too long. These days, if you don't want to bang me as often as I want to bang you, I'm just not interested. What's the point of a (nearly) sexless relationship? I'd rather just rub one out when the need arises, a forgo all the BS of a relationship if it's not going to involve enough sex.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
  7. El Diablo

    Births always affect long-term relationships.

    April 6, 2012 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laura

      LOL...Oh yes it does.

      April 8, 2012 at 00:56 | Report abuse |
  8. ajk68

    Interesting how the solution couldn't just be to wait until marriage! Here's a thought, intercourse tends to make one less critical of a potential spouse. It is well known by married couples that intercourse can smooth over problems for quite some time – sometimes leaving the problems to fester.

    April 6, 2012 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • me

      Not everyone is willing to do that. Many people don't want to get married til later in life (35-40, and I should add that people who wait this long tend to stay married at a higher rate) and they're not going to forgo sex for that long!

      April 6, 2012 at 20:59 | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      That was a reasonable solution when folks got married at 18 or 20 years old. It is completly unrealistic to expect that with most waiting until mid twenties.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:22 | Report abuse |
    • tacc2

      Yeah, that's a great idea. Wait until you get married and then find out you don't like having sex with your partner. I'll never understand you religious people.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:57 | Report abuse |
    • Kechiro

      Marriage isn't for everyone. I have deeply held personal and political reasons against marriage and I never plan on marrying. But why should I live like a hermit or a nun?

      April 7, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • RC

      I wouldn't buy a car without driving it, so there's no way I would marry a guy without sleeping with him first. A car might look shiny and new but if it breaks down 2 blocks away, it's obviously a dud. If I find a guy that seems nice and looks great but then I find out he has some weird bedroom fetish, I'm not sticking around for an encore.

      April 8, 2012 at 00:47 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Why do you assume that being married makes a woman want children? Some of us want more out of our lives than to become brood mares.

      April 8, 2012 at 19:04 | Report abuse |
    • Qwinn

      "Yeah, that's a great idea. Wait until you get married and then find out you don't like having sex with your partner. I'll never understand you religious people."

      Funny, the person you responded to didn't say word one about religion. You just assumed that's the basis for their position. I'll bet you do that every single time you meet someone who's against abortion too. They have to be religious, there's no *logical* reason anyone could ever disagree with me. Never once met any "religious people" with half as much self righteousness and narcissism as the *typical* atheist, and I say that as an agnostic.

      April 9, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • SmartWoman

      I'm a Christian woman and I never want children, I have no desire for any at all whatsoever!!! I'm positive! I want to get married but I might not ever get married.......................if I would get married it would be in my 30's, I use to say my 20's but now that I'm in my 20's I want to marry later in life....or not at all!!!!!

      April 13, 2012 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
    • Kura

      Even if you do wait until marriage, the couple may not want to have children right away. Many people think of contraceptives as exclusively for non-married folk, but it's important in either case. Many factors can go into the decision, such as not wanting children for a while. Psychologically speaking, married couples that delay having children for at least 2 or 3 years are much more likely to have a stable environment compared to those that have children before or within 1 year of marriage.

      April 16, 2012 at 03:05 | Report abuse |
  9. Dee

    What this article fails to mention about this study is that these women were all part of the study AFTER HAVING CHILDREN. Can we say correlation does not equal causation? Just because these women experienced a less satisfactory sexual life with their spouses doesn't mean its because they were previously on hormonal birth control. All of these couples had young children, which is a pretty large thing to over look, considering most families with young children do experience less sex and a less satisfactory sex life.

    April 6, 2012 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tacc2

      Wait, so you mean it wasn't a double blind controlled experiment? I wish the media would stop trying to pass off what are basically opinion surveys as science.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
    • ArchieDeBunker

      Dee – those of us who don't believe the overblown, unscientific claims about Global Warming (especially "man-caused) have been wishing for years that the media and guys like Al Gore would stop trying to pass off junk science as real science. Don't hold yer breath.

      April 7, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • on topic please

      Archie, the topic here is female hormonal birth control and libido, not global warming. If you can't follow along and stay on topic, go stand in the corner. If you want your female partner to stay hot, (1) use condoms so (2) make sure you don't knock her up. Children are the strongest libido-bashers on the planet.

      April 7, 2012 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
  10. me

    I urge anyone whose girlfriend or wife has low libido to have her go off it. I did that and I got some acne (which went away now) but my drive is through the roof in its natural state without added hormones. Ill never go on hormonal birth control again.

    April 6, 2012 at 20:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • reply437

      Take it from a woman who's experienced it. The pill does affect sexual desire in a very negative way. I used to have a very high libido and once I got on the pill, I became a different person. I barely had any desire. I wasn't even attracted to the same men I used to. When I stopped taking it, my libido went throught the roof again. Unfortunately, I have to stay on the pill for medical reasons. Now I'm attracted to nice men who make "good friends" (the sexual compatibility part is not that important anymore).

      April 7, 2012 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Men have no right to control the birth control methods of their wives or girlfriends.

      Assuming that all women have sex drive problems just because YOU did is idiotic. A lot of women have an increased sex drive because they don't have to worry about pregnancy. Individual women don't have the same hormone levels to begin with. Some women's hormones are naturally unbalanced and the pill actually helps. So how about you stop trying to make medical decisions for other people and mind your own business?

      April 8, 2012 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      @ Maya– the original poster is not alone. I went off the pill too and my libido went through the roof. I had been on it so long I thought i was just a person who was generally uninterested in sex, but that was so, so not true once I got off of it.

      April 9, 2012 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
    • qm

      @Liz in Seattle – And I'm the exact opposite. When I go off birth control, my libido decreases noticeably. You, @me, and @reply437 need to realize that every woman reacts in different ways because all of our hormones are different.

      And @me, men can keep their nose OUT of my medical decisions, both personally and politically, thank you very much.

      April 24, 2012 at 20:56 | Report abuse |
  11. JenniferUCD

    I always said that the reason my birth control worked was becasue I never wanted to have se x. I went off it and I feel normal again. I'll never go on them again.

    April 6, 2012 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amanda

      I completely agree with you Jennifer. I did not feel connected to my partner at all, and did not want to have sex while using the pill.

      The pill also made me think about relationships differently. I had no interest in pursuing one and no one pursued me that's for sure.

      July 28, 2012 at 00:54 | Report abuse |
  12. Honey

    I found this a rather interesting article. I must admit that it does seem to follow what I have found in my own marriage. My husband has been seen by a doctor in regards to his testosterone levels and they are low. Over the many years that we have been married, I have found that the times when I was on a hormonal birth control, our sex lives were much more in sync. The times that I was free of the hormones, I found myself quite a bit unhappier with our sex lives since my sex drive was much higher than his. And that's where I think trouble begins to brew in most relationships, when you are out of sync that way.

    April 7, 2012 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. eroteme

    Oh Happy Day! A recent study! These are the best kind. I can hardly wait for the good Mr Kerner to enlighten us about the next recent study.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. s

    What ever What happened to for better or worse? I have been married for 32 years I have high testosterone levels and my wife must have low levels I made a promise long ago In our early years my wife was on birth control and though not now she is still the same A man can be all that and more and still love his wife and be faithful

    April 7, 2012 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. yahmez the mad

    I have found that the women I have dated became moodier and more argumentative after taking birth control pills and other hormonal contraception methods. My research is rather unscientific, as I have yet to date a control group of sane women.

    April 7, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • maybe you're the pill

      Yahmez, maybe the commonality is you. Perhaps you, not the hormonal pills, make women moody and argumentative. Try sprinkling in a few "yes, ma'ams" when she politely asks you for something and mabye do something nice without being asked to do it. You may find a positive reversal of mood and cooperativity.

      April 7, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Have you ever considered that they are moody and argumentative because you are an idiot and you just annoy the **** out of them?

      April 8, 2012 at 19:09 | Report abuse |
  16. DoctorBob

    What nonsense! Why would you present an online study of 2500 women from various countries as an established fact. This is not the equivalent of a ranomized controled trial. It is a correlational result from a poorly selected sample of an inadequate number of women. It MIGHT be useful for hypothesis generation but it CANNOT establish cause and effect. For example: relatively hight levels of vitamin D in blood are correlated with an increase in skin cancer. Oh, wow! vitamin D causes skin cancer!! NO – it is a spurious correlation. Exposure to ultravilolet light (sunlight) causes both vitamin D production and skin cancer. The vitamin levels and cancer incicdence track each other but both are caused by a third factor; a does not cause b eventho correlated – they are both caused by c.

    When are reporters going to get some education and some smarts and ethics and stop reporting every crummy survey as the equivalent of research that can show cause and effect?!

    April 7, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. LOL

    'MAY AFFECT" ??????? Good gosh, did this take a quantum second to figure out. I would bet it affects EVERY relationship in SOME way- good and bad.

    April 7, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. shawbrooke

    This is not the first study to consider the option that being on the pill changes a woman's choices. A large majority of the children of parents who split up experience fall out such as lower life time earnings, compared to their demographic peers whose parents stayed together. That's why it's important to reevaluate why North American "courtship" patterns result in such a high proportion of failed marriages.

    The best thing might be to stay off the pill and out of beds until you've met someone to whom you are actually attracted and with whom you can keep a relationship going until you've met the parents and friends. Then use the pill to enhance what is already a great relationship with someone you are actually attracted to. Be open to getting married when you've found Mr. or Ms. Right, rather than waiting until you are a predetermined age like 30.

    That's the way to better and more sex in your life.

    April 7, 2012 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • relationship first

      I agree completely. Wait for intimacy until you have found the right person (whether in or before marriage) and when people engage in physical intimacy, always use very reliable protection. Making kids you're not ready for is a recipe for disaster for everyone involved. If people just waited until they built a relationship first, things would be much better. Men don't respect women who give it up easily anyway and that is definitely the truth. Disclaimer: I can't stand religion and my beliefs on this topic come solely from experience. You don't have to wait for marriage but you should wait for the right person and then use protection.

      April 7, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
  19. Ann Wilson

    Trying to figure out women's interest in sex is a multifacited thing. Women respond to romance and security issues
    when it comes to sex, whether they are on the pill or not. Also, many women are now taking antidepressants and
    my women friends tell me that that has completely removed their sex drive.

    April 7, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • depression

      Depression kills libido and all other interests. If people claim to be clinically depressed and are still interested in sex, they aren't depressed and probably don't need pharmaceuticals.

      April 7, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Depression comment is over simplifying depression. Not all cases of depression result in a lack of libido....there are many different levels of depression.

      April 7, 2012 at 23:48 | Report abuse |
    • vnmaster

      Your comment is true. You take depressants like seroquel, it completely kills your sex drive. You want to get a orgasm but you cannot. due to the medicine.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:24 | Report abuse |
    • vnmaster

      Your comment is true. You take depressants like seroquel, it completely kills your sex drive. You want to get a orgasm but you cannot. due to the medicine. What do you do?

      April 10, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
  20. ker

    i was more sexually active and had a higher libido when i was on the pill. but then in my early 30s my libido went down, and soon i went off the pill, and nothing has changed. so take this with a dash of salt – my testosterone was higher ON the pill than off it, and ON the pill than since menopause, which is when a woman's testosterone is supposed to soar (due to the decrease in estrogen/progesterone). some of us are just different. i would like my libido back, though, if someone can find it for me.

    April 7, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. nytw

    Typical Obama drone.

    April 7, 2012 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Captain Hindsight

    The pill really affects long term relationships, especially when your girlfriend lies about taking the pill (when she really isn't) and gets knocked up and then tries to pressure you to marry her. Damn that pill!!!!

    April 8, 2012 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Milady Alaska

    An extremely small number of women in his study and he comes up with these conclusions! What a bunch of crap!! My libido was just fine on the pill – every day. Going off didn't make a difference and after menopause, adding Premarin keeps everything moist and comfortable. His conclusion about the change in what a woman finds attractive on or off birth control pills has less to do with the pill and more to do with how people change over a period of years in their relationships.

    April 8, 2012 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. abcd

    I just want to know why a man is always writing about women's feelings, sex drive, etc. Maybe he should focus on a subject where he has personal experience.

    April 8, 2012 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shoosha

      Because he is so insecure of himself that he must put blame on women 😉 "Nothing's wrong with me, it must be her fault"

      April 15, 2012 at 21:49 | Report abuse |
  25. Anon.

    If you are a high testosterone man and your gf goes off the pill, instead of being turned off she goes into hyperactive sex overdrive, and let me tell you, it is TOTALLY AWESOME!

    April 8, 2012 at 23:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Cranbrook Doula

    Blah blah it's all women's fault,..... blah blah contraception is evil,...... blah blah modern medical science is the devil. But let me hazard to guess that WITHOUT the availability of the pill, heteros everywhere would be having a LOT less sex!

    April 9, 2012 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Nitrogen

    One word: VASECTOMY.

    Vasectomy is an excellent option. Does not involve hormones, does not reduce libido, does not get in between anything, does not change any fluids, does not have any side effects if done properly. Getting a vasectomy is the best decision I ever, ever made. I am a physics student, and to see so many of my peers fall victim to their "accidents" is a tragedy. Planned Parenthood does them for free. The only downside? That you have to pay $7000 for a reversal. But why in the world would you have kids if you can't afford that?

    April 9, 2012 at 04:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. cc5050m

    "And while women have much less testosterone in their systems than men – women’s bodies contain about 10% the amount of testosterone men do – what they do have helps fuel sexual desire, fantasy and the ability to become naturally lubricated in response to arousal.

    So it makes sense that when a woman’s testosterone levels are diminished even further by something like the pill, she might be left feeling blasé about sex: hence her potential attraction to a low-testosterone male."

    Why are women's testosterone levels compared to men's, as if men have the "right" amount? It makes women seem defective compared to the "default" man.

    (Editors, please take note of this tendency and correct it.)

    Also, the pill can cause strokes. Nothing is worth that, certainly not PIV "sex."

    April 9, 2012 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • qm

      How about living a normal day to day life without having mood swings that send you from normal one minute to tears the next with no discernible reason? Or not having to experience monthly migraines that prevent me from functioning for hours? I think an increase in my chance of stroke is worth it for a normal life.

      April 24, 2012 at 21:05 | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      qm: if those are your symtoms, you might consider seeing a therapist. That's not hormons! Also, if you have every had a loved one suffer a stroke, you would not joke about strokes. The pill is not worth risking a stroke!

      July 19, 2012 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
  29. Robin

    Thank goodness – another great excuse to blame our failed marriages on when we forgot about "for better or for worse," and instead turn to the throw-away tendencies in our society. Why fix it, when you can get rid of it and get a new one so much easier?

    April 9, 2012 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Athena

    Hell, I must have natural birth control, as I've raraely had a sex drive and have NEVER been on the pill.

    April 9, 2012 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. momx2

    Every single type of hormonal birth control I went on made me puke and gave me headaches. Neither were good for my libido.

    April 9, 2012 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. olingal

    This is an anti-woman conservative diatribe, trying to take us back to barefoot & pregnant, kitchen, and so on.

    April 9, 2012 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Dr. B

    I don't know what is more irritating: people who try to insert politics into everything they see, or people who don't understand bad science when they read it.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. independentlyowned

    What about progesterone-only pills, like they use in Europe? The study said only the estrogen in bc pills affect our testosterone levels......

    April 10, 2012 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Selecting right method is the most important thing...few may prefer to love emergencies etc.

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  37. Michelle

    The World Health Organization, the FDA, and the Mayo Clinic all say the pill increases risk of breast cancer. IUD's are dangerous too, and they act an early abortions, something most women do not want. Natural Family Planning is the way to go! No hormones, surgery, or pollution to the water system! Shown to enhance marital satisfaction, too. Less than 2% divorce rate with couples who use NFP!!

    July 19, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
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    The pill is a form of totally destructive social engineering. It has been proven that women on the pill lose attraction to masculine men because they never experience the most fertile week of their cycle when attraction to those types of men spikes. Therefore they come to believe they're only naturally attracted to androgynous, non-threatening types such as Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who tend to be less healthy and genetically inferior. A side effect to this will be an enormous amount of distress and confusion among the more masculine men in society, who may try to mold their own appearance and behavior to conform to an increasing number of women's birth control pill-induced delusions as to what they're really sexually attracted to. An increasing number of women exhibit quasi-lesbian behavior while on the pill and criticize and ridicule masculine behavior. The demonization of masculine behavior is an undeniable trend in society. It's part of the reason why interaction between men and women is increasingly passive, and why soft, skinny-jeans wearing, greasy-haired men making feminine facial expressions are the new sex symbols in clothing ads, etc.

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  41. Sharon

    I never believed in love spells or magic until I met this spell caster when i went to see my friend in Indian beginning of this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is Priest of Pyramid, he is really powerful and could help cast spells to restore one's relationship and also promote his business. I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me a week before our wedding and my life was full of sorrow cos our relationship has been on for 3years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And 4 days when i returned to Poland, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he is called to resume a new paying job in two weeks time. I was excited and happy and we immediately get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to
    do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our kids. His email is templeofpermanethealing@gmail.com if you need any assistance in life.

    Sharon

    September 27, 2012 at 09:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Tracey

    What is the best pill to take. I have been on mine (Minerva) for almost 9 years and recently realized I have been getting headaches almost daily since, I have also lost my sex drive and am constantly tired.. This is NOOOO good! Also is it good to be on a pill for so long, and is it good to change pills.

    October 11, 2012 at 06:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Miss Georgina peckett

    Hello,
    my name is Miss Georgina peckett, I'm from USA.
    I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is genuine and real.
    I never really believed in any of these things but when I was losing Gilbert, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly. I found consultant.kalakuta spells and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Several days later, my phone rang. Gilbert was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to how much I loved and needed him. Spell Casting isn't brainwashing, but they opened his eyes to how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try it. It will bring you a wonderful surprises as well as your lover back to you. The way things were meant to be." you can contact the spell caster on kalakutaspells@gmail.com he's very nice and great.

    October 27, 2012 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. vicky

    My name is Diana Rossay i am from United States, I was in a relationship with Ben and we loved and cherished ourselves for 3 good years and every thing was going on smoothly but February 14, 2012 a day i can call a lovers day we both had misunderstanding because i answered a call from a guy that is asking me out for a date but i refused,and he told me that the relationship is over and that he is fed up with me and i begged him because i love him so much but he refused me i was so down cast and i felt the world has come to an end for me but my friend told me about a spell caster that helped her sister out in getting her relationship back,a good job and favor in any of her endeavor but at first i was scared but i have to give this man a trial because i love Ben very much and i am not willing to loose him to any woman,so i ordered returning my love spell from this great spell caster that made me a happy woman again to say it all my ex came back to me with much love and a caring heart...i am testifying to this great spell caster The Great Esango Priest. if you need his help you can contact him on:esangopriest@gmail.com.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. connie hammer

    i just want to share my experience and testimony here.. i was married for 6 years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture.. he started hailing me and he was abusive..but i still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost?then he filed for divorce..my whole life was turning apart and i didn't know what to do..he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids.. so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster?so i decided to try it reluctantly..although i didn't believe in all those things? then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading..he had realized his mistakes..i just couldn't believe it.. anyways we are back together now and we are happy..in case anyone needs this man, his email address prophetsalifu@gmail.com, his spells is for a better life. again his email is prophetsalifu@gmail.com

    November 4, 2012 at 11:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. atanasia

    prophetsalifu@gmail.com is really a truthful spell caster and so powerful and he is the most powerful spell caster that i have ever met. i wish i have met him before. my husband just came back to me and every thing happened just the way prophetharry said, i am so happy that i have met with prophet and now i have my husband back to my self. if you need your lover back, use his spell and dont doubt his powers i have tested him and i am now a fulfilled woman

    November 4, 2012 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. ray

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  48. garry

    Hi,

    For the past 3 years now I have been looking for Vodoo Spell to bring back my husband and success my business and it has been a hard time for me finding the right place until I get in contact with Mr Okoduwa who gave me spell that I use to bring my Husband and business back on track,Now i am happy with my family once again.Please if any body need VODOO SPELL please contact...(okoduwasolutiontemple1@gmail.com) as he is are the best u can think of.

    December 10, 2012 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Tia Mcallister

    My Name is Tia Mcallister and i am from Canada, I wish to share the testimony of life experience with the general public about what this this priest has just done for me, this priest has just brought back my lost family to me with his great powers, i was married to this Richard Williams we were together for a long time and we loved our selves but when i was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can't continue anymore then i was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this priest and gave me his email, then you wont believe this when i contacted this priest on my problems, he cast a spell for me and bring my lost Husband back home. 2 months after my husband came back home, i become pregnant. My unborn child is presently bouncing inside me and i am full of happiness. I am ready to tell the whole world about this good man because he did it for me and i believe he will do it for others who need his help. His email address is templeofpermanenthealing@gmail.com

    December 12, 2012 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. KRESTINA

    Great Odumako i want to appreciate you for helping me get back my lover within 48hours. I must say you are truly a great spell caster so i will advise anybody that needs to get there ex back to contact Great Odumako on odumako@gmail.com

    December 18, 2012 at 07:55 | Report abuse | Reply
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