Roe v. Wade Overturning Has Impacted Sex Lives and Choices of Men and Women

17 Nov 2023

April 7, USA – A survey from Hily highlights how the ban has affected sex lives, contraceptive choices, and perceptions of online dating app users.

Hily, an online dating app with over 28 million users globally, has conducted a survey to track how the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade has impacted the lives of men and women who use the app. This study includes almost 4,000 users and highlights the key impacts of being denied wanted abortion. The key areas of change refer to individuals’ sex lives, contraceptive choices, and perceptions of its impact on men and women.  

Since June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court has made it possible for individual states to curtail or outright ban abortion rights. By now, almost half of states have either completely or partially banned abortion, which is expected to significantly affect people’s lives. To track the depth and extent of impact, Hily has initiated the survey at the beginning of 2023 and collected the results from almost 4,000 Hily users.

The survey shows the overturn of Roe v. Wade has mostly impacted the lives of women. The majority of female (50.5%) and male (61.2%) respondents believe that the abortion ban affects women more than men, while only 4.4% of male respondents believe that men are more affected by the ban. The question about individuals’ sex lives supports this tendency: of the female respondents, 12.4% acknowledged that the abortion ban had affected their sex lives, while only 4.3% of male respondents recognized the same.

The survey also included questions regarding methods of birth control. Out of the female respondents, 3.95% report switching to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) in response to the abortion ban. In their turn, 9.9% of male respondents realized that the abortion ban had affected their approach to contraception. 

Switching to vasectomy is also on the radar of Hily app users. According to the survey, 18% of male respondents are considering switching to medical methods of birth control (vasectomy). In their turn, 25% of women surveyed expect men to consider switching to reversible medical methods of birth control (such as vasectomy).

Roe v. Wade overturning has the potential to change daring trends, with over one third of women (34.7%) reporting they will not date someone with opposing views on abortion. Only 12.8% of women do not consider this a problem when dating a man. The dynamics for men is the opposite: 38% of men say they would date someone with opposing views on abortion and only 13.5% of men would not.

The survey from Hily shows the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade has an impact on the lives of men and women, especially on the perception level. For women, it increases interest in LARC and can even become the deal breaker in their dating choices. As for men, they tend to share women’s concerns regarding abortion and consider switching to a vasectomy as a birth control method.

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