Chemical attraction Sunday Times article 26/10/08

The pill could affect your choice of mate, causing relationship incompatibility and infertility issues. How? It’s all down to smell

Smell is the most reminiscent of the senses — all those associated memories that come flooding in as soon as a whiff of a certain something wafts under your nose. Studies have even suggested that our noses are important when it comes to choosing a mate. Yet a worrying anomaly has been unearthed in recent scent tests, highlighting a possible side effect to one of the most important pharmaceutical discoveries of the past 50 years: the contraceptive pill. Yes, that little pill, which was introduced to Britain in 1961 and has allowed women sexual freedom, may also be disrupting their instinctive ability to choose a man.

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