Sexual Competition Between Women – Ovulation Can Be Seen In The Face

Sexual Competition Between Women – Ovulation Can Be Seen In The Face: A new piece of research investigates how women respond to cues in the faces of other women at different phases in their ovulation cycle. The participants did not find the faces of ovulating women more attractive but they could distinguish those at the peak of their monthly fertility: Their Sexual Competitors.

Facial Cues to Ovulation in Women (Photo: Lobmaier, Bobst and Probst)
Facial Cues to Ovulation in Women (Photo: Lobmaier, Bobst and Probst)

The ovulation period in a woman’s monthly cycle is a very important time for sexual competition. This is when a mature egg is released from the woman’s ovary and travels down her fallopian tube to be in place to receive the sperm delivered during sex and thus become fertilized.

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In the past research has indicated that men find the faces of ovulatory women more attractive than women in the non-ovulatory phases of their monthly cycle. From an evolutionary perspective this is important for men because this is the time when a woman is most likely to conceive. By becoming pregnant she will help her mate ensure his genes are passed onto the next generation.

Facial ovulation clues are key to male female sexual attraction
Facial ovulation clues are key to male female sexual attraction

Clues to ovulation in a woman can be very subtle. Scientific articles have reported that women dance, walk, sound, smell and look more attractive during this highly fertile part of their monthly cycle. Most of these studies have focused on how ovulating women are perceived by men. Clearly there has been a direct biological advantage for men who preferentially have sex with women when they are fertile.

In the past few days research has been published which examines how women respond to the facial cues of other women during ovulation. This research was published on  26th January 2016 in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters (the link is here). The authors (Janek S. Lobmaier, Cora Bobst and Fabian Probst) were interested to understand how these cues might influence the women’s awareness of potential sexual competition for their partners from other women. When these ‘other women’ are highly fertile (ovulating) this could be seen biologically as a dangerous time – with a high risk of partner loss.

External clues of internal sexual processes are key to evolutionary success
External clues of internal sexual processes are key to evolutionary success

The researchers presented women with pictures of other women who were either in the ovulation period (and therefore highly fertile) or where in the ‘in-between’ non-fertile period. They asked the women to rate the pictures, first in terms of their attractiveness, and secondly in terms of  the potential risk that the woman in the picture would steal their partner (the sexual ‘competitor’ risk).

Generally the women did not identify a difference in the attractiveness of the faces of ovulating or non-ovulating women (unlike the views of men involved in earlier studies). However they did find that women could identify from the facial cues which women in the pictures posed a threat of stealing their partners. These were the pictures of women who were ovulating and therefore more likely to become pregnant if engaged in intercourse in the very near future. Specifically the women who were most sensitive to these cues where those who themselves were not currently in their ‘fertile’ period but likely to enter it soon (as measured by their sexual hormone levels).

Simply attractive or perhaps ovulating ? - Ask your wife
Simply attractive or perhaps ovulating ? – Ask your wife

Of course we males also have a few tricks up our sleeves to try and entice the ladies to be receptive to our advances. In the video below is a little example straight from my studios in Africa in which my local tribal choir present their fertility dance. Enjoy!

Chris Duggleby

 

Woman Walk, Dance, Sound, Smell and Look Differently When They Are Ovulating
Woman Walk, Dance, Sound, Smell and Look Differently When They Are Ovulating

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