Feeling frisky, rosy cheeks, even your dance moves can clue others in to your ovulation cycle. Hormones can be sneaky. Even if you don't know when you're ovulating, your body sure does-and it has ways of making your fertility status known to everyone around you. The fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone, the two main sex hormones in women, affect everything from the way you walk to the clothes you wear to the type of men you find attractive, says Belisa Vranich, Ph. But if your sudden desire to watch Ryan Gosling movies isn't enough of a tip-off, here are six more ways that you and others can tell when you're fertile.
No need to be embarrassed if you blush easily. In fact, a new study from the University of Glasgow found that women's skin is pinker and we blush more when we're fertile. According to Benedict Jones, Ph. The hormone peaks at ovulation, sending the blood rushing to the thin skin of your face-and making your cheeks a Bat Signal of health and fertility. This effect may also be one reason that wearing blush is so popular! Speaking to a man when you're at your most fertile can make his skin tingle-literally. A recent study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior found that a woman's voice changes over the course of her cycle, taking on a special timbre when she's ovulating.
In the study, when men heard fertile women speaking, electrical activity in their skin increased by 20 percent. Melanie Shoup-Knox, Ph. Red and pink may be the colors of love for a reason, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science , and it has nothing to do with candy hearts. Researchers found that women were more likely to choose clothing in shades of red when they were ovulating, theorizing that they subconsciously chose the bright hues to bring attention to themselves when they were feeling sexiest.
Vranich adds that women also choose more attention-seeking clothing in general, like shorts skirts and low-cut tops, when they're ovulating. If anyone's ever greeted your handshake with a joking "Hey there, Crusher! A study done by Adams State University in Colorado found that women who had high hand-grip strength also had more children. Being strong is an outward signal of health and may be used as subtle indicator of good fertility, the researchers concluded in their paper. They pointed out that strength is often used as a way to identify good mating potential in men, but this reearch shows that it can be just as important in women.
All babies start out looking pretty similar, and if it weren't for hair bows and truck onesies, most of us wouldn't be able to tell the girls from the boys just from looking at their faces. But the onslaught of hormones during puberty shapes our faces in distinctly feminine or masculine ways, and continues through our fertile years, according to a study out of England. Indeed, the men in the study found women who were ovulating to be more attractive overall even if they couldn't specify a particular feature that stood out to them.
Another interesting finding from the study: Volunteers could no longer tell the difference between women in their fertile phase and everyone else when the women were wearing makeup, suggesting that a little lipstick and mascara effectively mimics those biological cues. Get fuller features anytime by learning how to Plump It Up! And they made 50 percent less when they were menstruating. Patrons had no way of knowing at what point the dancers were in their cycles but the researchers found that ovulating women were more likely to choose more provocative outfits, dance in a sexier manner and even walk differently.
And it's not just true for exotic dancers. It's not just weddings and high school reunions that spur diets! According to a new study published by the National Science Foundation, women are more motivated to lose weight around the time we're ovulating.
The researchers speculate it's from an increased desire to look our best to attract a mate. Ladies who weren't at their fertile time or who were on the birth control showed no such monthly calorie fluctuations.
One question: Would it be wrong to ask a friend to schedule her wedding around when we're ovulating? By Charlotte Hilton Andersen. Pin FB ellipsis More. Image zoom. Corbis Images.
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