What are the romantic side effects of hormonal birth control?
We often talk about the physical side effects of hormonal birth control methods (i.e. the pill, the IUD, the patch, the shot, the ring…) like weight gain, acne, cramping, spotting, headaches, and so on. But we rarely talk about how the emotional side effects of these hormones can affect relationships. Turns out, hormonal birth control may have an influence on mate preference and relationship outcomes, so we spoke to Dr Patrick Jern who has studied these effects extensively!
Dr. Patrick Jern is currently an associate professor of applied clinical psychology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, and leads the sexuality research group at Turku Brain and Mind Centre. He has previously worked as a researcher at universities in Sweden and Australia. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist, and holds a degree in sex therapy. Dr. Jern’s research has focused on human sexuality and sex-related problems, including studies on the etiology and treatment of sexual dysfunctions; how hormonal contraceptives affect relationships; and testing evolutionary hypotheses relating to mate choice and retention. He has authored more than 80 scientific publications, and is currently investigating whether network models – basically the idea that symptoms cause and maintain other symptoms – can be used to improve treatment interventions for sexual problems.
A new survey asked people how many people they’ve KISSED in their lives, and the results are really interesting…5% of people have NEVER kissed anyone. That includes 19% of people between 18 and 24 years old. It also includes 2% of people over 55. It’s also an even gender split, 5% of men and 5% of women have never been kissed. 4% of people have only kissed one person. On the other end of things, 15% have kissed more than 50 people. Finally, men are more likely than women to say they’ve kissed more than 50 people.
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