Your ovulation is a healthy and normal process, not a condition to be cured or suppressed with drugs. Blocking ovulation with hormonal birth control produces effects that go far beyond just preventing pregnancy. Studies show how it impacts you and your relationships.
Sex and intimacy
Natural birth control is proven to have a positive effect on couples’ relationships. Couples using these methods report having a more fulfilled and intimate sex life, and the rate of divorce among couples using Natural Family Planning is under 5%.
The positive effects of natural family planning on couples’ relationships are reported in an article published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, based on a study with 678 individuals. The key reasons given on how the method improved their relationship were:
- It deepened their relationship. It created a stronger bond including feeling less selfish and more sensitive to their spouse/partner’s needs, feeling greater love and more understanding of one another.
- It improved their communication: couples became more open to talking about a variety of topics. Discussing sexual intercourse, fertility and starting or adding to a family are integral to using natural family planning successfully.
- It created a shared responsibility: it wasn’t only the woman’s responsibility to avoid pregnancy.
- It increased mutual respect: women reported feeling more respected and less used and feeling greater respect for and pride in their spouse/partner.
- It increased their appreciation for sexuality: periodic abstinence enhanced their anticipation, thus increasing their enjoyment.
Other studies show that couples who use natural family planning have intercourse at least as often as couples using contraception, and that their sex life is more fulfilling.
You have a natural intuition for good genetic matches for you. Studies have shown that the Pill can rob you of that ability and literally change your taste in men. A good genetic match for you is someone who has a different genetic makeup from yours or that of your family members. In fact, when you’re pregnant, your body produces a hormone that makes you feel closer to your family.
Since hormonal contraceptives like the Pill make your body think you’re pregnant, you’re more attracted to men who have a similar genetic makeup to yours—men who are not actually a good match for you. It’s a bad love potion: the guy you fall for while taking the Pill might not be the guy you fall for when your body is functioning naturally. If you fall for a guy while you’re on the Pill, you might suddenly find him a lot less attractive when you quit taking the Pill. Awkward.
The power of natural pheromones
Women on birth control give up the invisible power of their natural pheromones to attract men. One research study showed that men find even supermodels on hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill less attractive than average women who are naturally ovulating. In fact, a woman’s physical attractiveness actually increases at the time of ovulation. A study from the University of New Mexico’s psychology department showed that women who were ovulating even earned much higher tips at their jobs than those who weren’t. This video documents this interesting phenomenon.
The good news is that blocking ovulation isn’t necessary to avoid pregnancy when you know how to read your body’s clear signs of fertility.