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PMS…in reverse?

September 16th, 2011 by Emily Gangwer, Care Advisor

Are women kinder and better looking when ovulating?

Are women warmer when they’re most fertile?


What’s the opposite of premenstrual syndrome or PMS (now called PMDD for premenstrual mood dysphoric disorder) in which some women are prone to irritability, tiredness, depression and other symptoms?

According to a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, women are interpersonally warmer during times of high fertility. In other words, women are then most inclined to be especially pleasant toward a potential mate.

Biologically and evolutionarily speaking, that makes sense, doesn’t it? When a woman is most capable of conception, it follows that she would be most likely to warm up to a potential mate at that time…and show increased sexual desire.

What about men? What do they find most attractive in a potential mate? You guessed it, another aspect of the study found that men ranked kinder, warmer, more compassionate ladies at the top.

Bottom line? We’re learning more about changes in behavior that ⎼ at least to some degree ⎼ are linked to biological reproductive cycles.

Photo: Flickr user lucyfrench123, CC 2.0

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