Smells Like Teen Spirit

We've been at the beach for a few days. I intended not to be on-line at all, but Mr. W. & Eldest Weed brought their computers. E.W. was to bring his only so we could watch a movie he downloaded for a rainy day, but when he set up side by side with his dad, I literally did not remember my own rule until just now as I am writing to you. And I totally caved in my own resolution and read my email and checked to see my site wasn't spammed. So I saw this headline: The Pill Makes Women Pick Bad Mates, but I ignored it because I was on vacation, plus I thought I knew what it would say. I mean, duh. Contraception means no babies, which means go ahead and have sex with the "dangerous" cool guy, not giving the time of day to the dependable fellow who'd make a great dad. Who needs a study to prove that? I had college roommates.

But lo! that is not what it says. It says being fake pregnant (which is what the pill makes you) messes up a woman' sense of smell so that she chooses men who are genetically incompatible, possibly increasing fertility problems. And when she gets off the pill, the couple won't be as attracted to each other's smell anymore.
beneath a woman's flowery fragrance or a guy's musk the body sends out aromatic molecules that indicate genetic compatibility.Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes are involved in immune response and other functions, and the best mates are those that have different MHC smells than you.

The new study reveals, however, that when women are on the pill they prefer guys with matching MHC odors. MHC genes churn out substances that tell the body whether a cell is a native or an invader. When individuals with different MHC genes mate, their offspring's immune systems can recognize a broader range of foreign cells, making them more fit.

Past studies have suggested couples with dissimilar MHC genes are more satisfied and more likely to be faithful to a mate. And the opposite is also true with matching-MHC couples showing less satisfaction and more wandering eyes. "Not only could MHC-similarity in couples lead to fertility problems," said lead researcher Stewart Craig Roberts, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Newcastle in England, "but it could ultimately lead to the breakdown of relationships when women stop using the contraceptive pill, as odor perception plays a significant role in maintaining attraction to partners."

I like my theory better.