Ever wondered whether you might have chosen entirely the wrong mate??
As discussed in The Essence of Woman there is an inbuilt capacity embedded in women’s physiology that enables her to seek and find the perfect partner for her and her future children. She does this subconsciously around about ovulation time by evaluating the scent of her current partner to determine whether he is genetically suitable to father her children. This inbuilt biological function ensures that she and her partner’s genes and immune systems are complementary, thus increasing the couple’s chances of having a healthy child, not vulnerable to infection.
This instinctive process is driven in women by the female hormones that regulate and enable reproduction. Because it governs a woman’s choice of life-partner and compatibility it directly affects the longevity of the relationship. It also supports fertility and the success rate of the pregnancy, birth and early childhood environment of a child, which is directly dependant on the level of workability that exists within the relationship.
Recent research conducted in Britain however has made a startling and significant discovery. When women take the contraceptive pill, it skews their hormones to the point that many women are missing the biological cues for selecting a mate and are instead choosing the wrong man. Effectively, according to the research, the Pill alters a woman’s taste in men to those who are genetically less compatible and has implications for fertility, miscarriage risk as well as the future of the relationship. Once a woman stops taking the pill she is likely to find her boyfriend or partner is not so appealing.
This latest research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society is part of a series of studies, published into the hidden effects of both natural and artificial hormones on the total well-being of a woman. Previous studies have shown that women who are in relationships tend to prefer the smell of men who are different from them in a cluster of genes called the major histo-compatibility complex (MHC) This instinctive behaviour embedded into their biology ensures that, when cluster of genes of parents are different, the children conceived will have a better biological advantage than in a case where they are similar. This natural phenomenon is known as hybrid vigour and has been recognized for decades as the single most important factor in ensuring that each succeeding generation has better health than the one before.
Interestingly, the study also revealed that single women tended to prefer the smell of MHC-similar men.