Women who are involved in stable relationships, but have partners who aren’t so attractive are more stand-offish during times that they are most fertile, according to a recent study conducted by UCLA researchers which will be published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.
According to the experts, who decided to analyze subdued alterations in females’ behavior while they are ovulating, women often chose the stable guy over the sexy one, however, after the fact, they worry unconsciously about whether they have made the right decision.
�A woman evaluates her relationship differently at different times in her cycle and her evaluation seems to be colored by how sexually attractive she perceives her partner to be.�
However, the women’s not-so-happy feelings towards their relationships come and go, and don’t actually affect the seriousness of a committed partnership.
Christina Larson, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in social psychology, explained: �Even when these women are feeling less positive about their relationship, they don’t want to end it.�
Haselton has unveiled alterations that occur in the behavior of females during ovulation, through a sequence of trials. The researchers found that during ovulation, women are more likely to dress nicely and talk in higher-than-normal, more �girly� voices. They explain that this may be to attract men who are acceptable long-term partners and that these behaviors are �potential inbreeding-avoidance mechanisms�. (more…)