A quarter of women blame hormonal contraception for the breakup of their relationship – Human – Science and technology

Almost a quarter of women who used hormonal contraception say that it caused or at least played a role in the end of their relationship. This was shown by a survey by the British law firm Stowe Family Law, reported by the Independent.

Also, according to the survey, 85 percent of women believe that their marriage or relationship has been affected by the side effects of birth control.

The study shows that approximately 63 percent of respondents were forced to stop using some form of contraception because of the side effects of the medication, which they said changed their relationship. Almost nine out of ten women who used hormonal contraception said it had an effect on their mental or physical health.

The researchers, who asked 506 women between the ages of 18 and 60, also found that more than seven in ten women who used birth control suffered from mood swings. Almost half of them had depression and around three in ten reported experiencing anxiety. About four in ten women surveyed said mood swings caused communication problems, and six in ten said mood swings caused arguments.

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Hormonal contraception is used to prevent women from becoming pregnant. Common forms include pills, intrauterine devices, skin patches, injections or vaginal rings. “Hormonal changes affect relationships in subtle and not-so-subtle ways,” said one of the law firm’s managing partners, Sarah Barr-Young. “The ups and downs of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone in the menstrual cycle can have a powerful effect on how women feel about their partner and their relationship. For women who use contraception, the impact on relationships increases,” added the lawyer.

Barrová-Youngová noted that the breakup of a relationship can be triggered by some explosive event, such as infidelity, the decision of one of the partners to end the relationship, but also by the slow deepening of the gap between the couple. “One of the common factors I see is that there’s a complete breakdown of communication between the couple, so they can’t resolve their issues,” Barr-Young said. “Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy, after childbirth and menopause, can also have a dramatic effect on a relationship and are often referred to as divorce danger zones,” added the lawyer.

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But the lawyer said that in her own experience, it’s unusual for such changes to directly cause a relationship to break up, but rather serve to illuminate and exacerbate pre-existing problems. New research has also found that almost a quarter of women worry that the side effects of hormonal contraception will have harmful consequences for their relationship in the future. “If a relationship is already struggling and communication has been broken, it may not be resilient enough to survive the challenges that hormonal changes can bring,” Barrová-Young concluded.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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