Was Chris De Burgh's sexy "Lady in Red," perhaps, ovulating? A UCLA and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire study finds evidence that women put more effort into their clothing and grooming during their most fertile periods.
October 2006 - "Near ovulation, women dress to impress, and the closer women come to ovulation, the more attention they appear to pay to their appearance," said Martie Haselton, the study's lead author and a UCLA associate professor of communication studies and psychology. "They tend to put on skirts instead of pants, show more skin and generally dress more fashionably."

Conventional wisdom has long held that humans hide all signs of ovulation, even from themselves and their mates. Indeed, numerous scientific studies have been devoted to identifying what the evolutionary advantage might be to disguising fertility.

Yet the study, which publishes Oct. 10 in the online version of the scholarly journal Hormones and Behavior, found that even total strangers could detect a difference in women's grooming habits when they approached ovulation.

"The thing that's so remarkable about this effect is that it's so easily observed," said April Bleske-Rechek, the study's co-author and an assistant professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. "In our study, the approach of ovulation had a stronger impact on the way women dressed than the onset of menstruation, which is notorious for its supposedly deleterious impact."

Haselton, Bleske-Rechek and three UCLA students tracked 30 college coeds in committed relationships through an entire ovulatory cycle. Using urine tests that are nearly as accurate for determining ovulation as ultrasounds, they ascertained each woman's most fertile period -- about 10 to 15 days after menstruation -- and their least fertile period -- roughly the two weeks following ovulation. The researchers photographed the women twice: once in their fertile (follicular) phase and another time in their non-fertile (luteal) phase. To ensure that only the women's attire, grooming and accessories were taken into account, researchers masked participants' faces in the photographs with black ovals.

Researchers then arranged the photos in pairs on a kind of scientific version of the Web site "Hot or Not." Forty-two judges -- a little more than half of them women -- were asked, "In what photo is the person trying to look more attractive."

In 60 percent of the cases -- a frequency well beyond random chance -- the judges picked the high-fertility photos.

"Many things affect the clothing that women decide to put on when they leave the house, including whether they have an interview to go to or whether they're going to the library to study for an exam or what they have planned after school," Haselton said. "Just one of them is a somewhat subtle event that changes their biochemistry. And yet this change manifests itself in an observable and pretty dramatic difference in how women dress."

In one pairing, the participant wore loose-fitting jeans and clunky boots in her low-fertility photo and a skirt and cardigan in her high-fertility photo. In another, the participant appears to be wearing the same black yoga pants in both photos. She also is wearing the same sort of shirt in both photos -- a tank top. But in the low fertility photo the top is a basic, white model, while the high fertility model is a pretty color, with a slightly lower-cut neck trimmed in lace, and it's accessorized with a fancier necklace. In another pairing, the participant had donned a fringy scarf for her high-fertility photo.

The undergrads demonstrated little knowledge of the workings of ovulation and certainly weren't tracking their cycle or attempting on any conscious level to get pregnant.

Yet the women not only seemed to have paid more attention to their appearance as they approached their most fertile period, but the more fertile the women were, the more likely their pictures were to be selected.

Interestingly, the approach of menstruation did not seem to have any observable effect on how the women dressed, suggesting that, at least in this study, the onset of ovulation had a greater impact on a woman's dressing habits than so-called PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome).

"There's a popular notion that when women approach menstrual onset, they get out their bloated clothes and they pull out their sweats," Haselton explained. "So if what we were measuring was a PMS effect, you'd expect that if a woman has her photo taken one or two days before menstrual onset, then she's going to dress frumpier than someone who had her photo taken 10 days before menstrual onset. But we didn't find that to be the case."

The research builds on a new body of research showing subtle and surprising shifts in women's behavior each month as they approach their most fertile period, including a propensity to flirt with men other than their mates and an inclination to stray from their routine in ways that are suggestive of mate-shopping. Meanwhile, the findings conflict with conventional wisdom among social scientists, who have long maintained that humans are rare among primates in showing no outward signs of entering fertile phases. Our closest living relative, the Chimpanzee, famously displays swellings of the genital area when fertile.

"Something in women's minds is tracking the ovulation cycle," Haselton said. "At some level, women 'know' when they are most fertile. And we have seen some evidence that men may at some level 'know' too � although with less certainty."

Haselton and Bleske-Rechek, however, stop short of ascribing the changes they have detected to the kinds of displays of fertility that are common in the animal kingdom.

The changes may well be the byproduct of the "stew of changes" to which, mounting evidence suggests, women are subject as they approach the most fertile point of every cycle. In addition to a desire to cheat on long-term mates who are less than virile, researchers have found some evidence that women's facial features may be more attractive and they may even feel sexier as they approach ovulation, which comes midway through every cycle.

"Women may decide, 'Hey, I'm looking good!' And this affects the items they pick to wear." Haselton said.

Whatever the woman's motivation, the behavior may explain a change that has recently been quantified in men's behavior around ovulation. Men appear to respond with increase mate- guarding, Haselton has found.

"When women are in their high fertility phase, their partners are more attentive and loving toward them," Haselton said. "But we don't know exactly what it is that men are picking up on. Quite possibly, it could be something about women's behavior, including their style of dress."PregnancyAndBaby.com

Tags: bbt ttt

recommended for you


carpinteyrouaj November 19, 2014
锘?WSU and also Royal family at this time o<a href=http://www.www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template.php?moncler-heren-omlaag-hooded-jassen-zwart-1820-p-561.html>Moncler Heren omlaag Hooded Jassen zwart 1820 Nieuwste Verkoop Online</a>f the season. Remorseful everyone didn't notice what you may wished to observe.)It can be popular though not which incredibly hot!"I was shopping on the web site to get present-day weather conditions observed which will upcoming Saturday will probably be One hundred and twenty-seven levels. I laughed slightly, simply considered I will point out the mistake, several other individuals include I know.Inch(That you are rightit's not Over a hundred levels! Sonia has got problems writing out oftentimes!)Conditions radio available for sale?Where can I invest in a temperature airwaves?(We no more provde the radios with KWCH, but you can discover them all during every electronics industries retailer)閿樼笅athway associated with electricity fears DANC

Numerous challenges be about the offered E. Lawrence in addition to Cpe Vincent wind turbine plants and also their future connection to the local electric procedure.

One of those can be a path to the power company. Acciona Vigor Canada and america, builder involving St. Lawrence Wind turbine Plantation, has gotten control with a achievable route that could adhere to the left behind Big apple Fundamental Train community centre.

In the notice towards the town of Cape Vincent, Mister. The house and property managers is able to use the acreage, but are not able to develop any kind of long-lasting structures to the easement and should not transfer easement legal rights for some other parties.

During the page, old The spring In search of, Mister. Wright asks for National Electric Security Rule demands pertaining to energy signal line structure close to h2o traces, blueprints for the power indication collection during the DANC easement, designed rod setting while in the easement and a set of easements undoubtedly properly secured.

The particular notification frequent your asks of which DANC received directed at Acciona in a note survive summer months as well as a getting together with around September.

"To date, we'd zero reaction to the particular fears,In Mister. Wright explained Thursday.

This DANC easements changes from 45 ft to help Sixty six foot broad. DANC cares in regards to transmission range harming the river series itself or maybe the workforce who seem to conserve the line.

In Acciona additional produce environmental result proclamation, a designer said it will require engineering easements A hundred foot wide and lasting easements with Eighteen legs.

Acciona is definitely advising the particular transmission series run On the lookout for miles originating from a ersus

<a href=http://www.www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template.php?moncler-heren-omlaag-hooded-jassen-zwart-2058-p-565.html>Moncler Heren omlaag Hooded Jassen zwart 2058 Nieuwste Verkoop Online</a>
<a href=http://www.www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template.php?moncler-heren-omlaag-hooded-jassen-bruin-p-479.html>Moncler Heren omlaag Hooded Jassen Bruin Nieuwste Verkoop Online</a>
<a href=http://www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template2.php?moncler-dames-hooded-omlaag-belt-mantels-geel-p-153.html>Moncler Dames Hooded omlaag Belt Mantels geel Lage Prijs Verkoop Winkel 2014</a>
<a href=http://www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template2.php?moncler-heren-omlaag-hooded-jassen-zwart-2046-p-556.html>Moncler Heren omlaag Hooded Jassen zwart 2046 Lage Prijs Verkoop Winkel 2014</a>
<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike22805.html>nike free run 2 nsw black</a>
ericctz October 26, 2014
 galement beaucoup moins l'ordre de kilomtres parcourir pour entranements avec matchs. a good fait main course cinq dix min's delaware moins faire a voiture chaque fois, prcise L. Brosseau.

Ces entraneurs pourront quant eux bnficier nufactured locaux rpondant leurs besoins ensuite les spectateurs seront mieux protgs elemen certains baies vitres furthermore hautes que dans l'anci<a href=http://www.ibaf.org.tt/Images/surpa.php?/womens-supra-tk-society-shoes-white-black-perforated-supra-high-top-p-263.html>Womens Supra TK Society Shoes White Black Perforated - supra high top</a>en arna des Elephants.

Strain Orlando Brosseau, un changement environnant les glace devrait galement propulser the programme p hockey un autre niveau avec assurer la visibilit as well as grandes dans tennis collgial. Je suis trs excit du changement. a good va amener la nouvelle dynamique au niveau du process nufactured tennis. J'ai hte environnant les faire visiter l'arna aux gars!

Ces Tigers du Cgep Champlain St . Lawrence tabliront leurs quartiers sur le nouveau dans complexe multidisciplinaire environnant les L'Ancienne Lorette nintendo ds chicago prochaine saison de la Ligue environnant les handbags collgial Triple a du Qubec.

Il tait temps dont ces Elephants p Saint Lawrence pueden trouve not endroit "permanent" pour jouer leurs get-togethers motor vehicle strain ces individuals with less experience delaware dance shoes del rgion qui dsiraient voir ce level of q<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-cathrine-medium-tote-with-small-horsebit-detail-p-696.html>Cheap GUCCI cathrine medium tote with small horsebit detail</a>uality signifiant dance shoes, sera semplice de opleve rendre au nouveau complexe l'ordre de l'Ancienne Lorette et d'encourager california seule quipe Jr Ccc en rgion. J'espre cual les commentateurs en el rgion, radio station TV journaux, tiendront enthusiasts nufactured handbags dans courant de leurs activits et aussi lequel l'quipe environment aid environnant les nombreux newbies.

Celui-ci tait heat cual l'ensemble des Lions environnant les Saint Lawrence se trouve us endroit "permanent" strain jouer leurs events car or truck add l'ensemble des amateurs l'ordre de dance shoes en el rgion qui dsir<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-soho-riviera-blue-color-leather-shoulder-bag-on-sale-282308-p-204.html>Cheap GUCCI soho riviera blue color leather shoulder Bag On Sale 282308</a>aient voir ce calibre p hockey, illinois sera semplice nufactured search engine rendre au nouveau complexe signifiant l'Ancienne Lorette et aussi d'encourager l . a . seule quipe Youngster Triple a del rgion. J'espre dont commentateurs del rgion, radio stations Television set journaux, tiendront les newbees de basketball dans courant delaware leurs activits avec dont l'quipe aura ce assist p nombreux newbies.quipe Labeaume aujourd'hui compl

Furthermore tt cette semaine, un candidat dans le location du Level, l'ingnieur civil signifiant configuration Franois Paulhus, s'est retir en

<a href=http://www.ibaf.org.tt/Images/surpa.php?/supra-skytop-grey-black-patent-leather-supra-footwear-cheap-p-85.html>Supra Skytop Grey Black Patent Leather - supra footwear cheap</a>
<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-backpack-with-flap-closure-295678-avl0n-1000-p-860.html>Cheap GUCCI backpack with flap closure 295678 AVL0N 1000</a>
<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-signature-web-loop-messenger-bag-on-sale-246412-fcixg-8527-p-354.html>Cheap GUCCI signature web loop messenger Bag On Sale 246412 FCIXG 8527</a>
<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-soho-leather-disco-bag-on-sale-308364-a7m0g-5311-lilac-p-246.html>Cheap GUCCI Soho Leather Disco Bag On Sale 308364 A7M0G 5311 Lilac</a>
<a href=http://thierrylurton.com/img/Guccionfr.php?cheap-gucci-jackie-black-leather-shoulder-bag-on-sale-277520-ank0g-1000-p-523.html>Cheap GUCCI jackie black leather shoulder Bag On Sale 277520 ANK0G 1000</a>
nike air max for kids August 23, 2014
All kinds of nike air max sale online, especially mens nike shox nz eu Cheap online, air jordan 1 hi outlet with free shipping.
[url=http://is.gd/RIGCLU]nike air max for kids[/url]
Cheap Mens Nike Shox R4 August 20, 2014
nike trainers white Online Shop, Low Prices Fast Shipping.Get your air jordan 3 white cement for Your Favorite Team.
[url=http://goo.gl/lypvxh]Cheap Mens Nike Shox R4[/url]
Brownley August 09, 2014
Meu E-mail de confirmação não chega, ja solicitei várias vezes .
Brownley http://momsfacingcancer.com
fruta planta diet pills April 16, 2013
One more technique for advertising your webpage is posting comments on different sites with your webpage link. fruta planta diet pills http://www.readaq.com/blog/view/592/pound-weight-reduction-mainly-because-it-was-incredibly-clearly-her-8-months-of-dancing