Book Chapter

Effect of birth control on women's preferences



Roberts SC (2021) Effect of birth control on women's preferences. In: Shackelford TK & Weekes-Shackelford V (eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Birth control relates to any method of preventing conception while engaging in sexual intercourse. This can include avoiding intercourse while the woman is fertile (e.g., rhythm method), pre-ejaculatory withdrawal, and barrier methods (e.g., condom, uterine cap) which prevent sperm from reaching the egg. So far as we know, choice of these methods has no effect on women’s mate preference. This entry is instead concerned with modern hormonal methods of birth control (especially the oral contraceptive pill) which achieve contraceptive function by manipulating women’s reproductive physiology and function.

FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council and The British Academy
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online11/05/2021
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland

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Professor Craig Roberts

Professor Craig Roberts

Professor of Social Psychology, Psychology

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