Fertility in the cycle predicts women's interest in sexual opportunism

  title={Fertility in the cycle predicts women's interest in sexual opportunism},
  author={Steven W. Gangestad and Randy Thornhill and Christine E. Garver-Apgar},
  journal={Evolution and Human Behavior},

Do women's mate preferences change across the ovulatory cycle? A meta-analytic review.

A meta-analysis quantitatively evaluated support for the pattern of cycle shifts predicted by the ovulatory shift hypothesis in a total sample of 134 effects from 38 published and 12 unpublished studies to reveal robust cycle shifts that were specific to women's preferences for hypothesized cues of (ancestral) genetic quality.

Women's attractiveness changes with estradiol and progesterone across the ovulatory cycle

Sexual Fantasies and Viewing Times Across the Menstrual Cycle: A Diary Study

Fantasy content became more female-like during ovulation, focusing more on emotions rather than explicit sexual content, and women displayed a category non-specific pattern of viewing time with regard to target age and gender, regardless of fertility status.

Money, Status, and the Ovulatory Cycle

Each month, millions of women experience an ovulatory cycle that regulates fertility. Previous consumer research has found that this cycle influences women's clothing and food preferences. The

Role of Partner Novelty in Sexual Functioning: A Review

The current literature best supports the predictions made by sexual strategies theory in that sexual functioning has evolved to promote short-term mating.

Ovulatory Shifts in Sexual Desire But Not Mate Preferences: An LH-Test-Confirmed, Longitudinal Study

Findings support previous research reporting heightened sexual desire and an improved body image during the fertile window and no shifts were found for mate preference or sociosexual orientation, thus adding to a growing body of literature contesting parts of the ovulatory shift hypothesis.

The Functional Design and Phylogeny of Women’s Sexuality

Research findings indicate that women’s estrogen-based sexual ornaments honestly signal residual reproductive value, which supports the hypothesis that concealed estrus is adaptation that functions in extra-pair-bond copulation to cuckold the main partner in service of better genes for offspring, while maintaining the main partners’ material benefits.



Women's Preferences for Male Behavioral Displays Change Across the Menstrual Cycle

Women's preference for men who displayed social presence and direct intrasexual competitiveness increased on high-fertility days relative to low-f fertility days, but only in a short-term, not a long-term mating context, adding to the growing literature indicating that women's mate preferences systematically vary across the reproductive cycle.

Ovulatory Shifts in Female Sexual Desire

An increase in desire as conception probability increases, but only among women who are in committed long‐term relationships; and a shift in the desire for a primary partner as compared with extra‐pair partners as ovulation approaches, dependent upon a woman's evaluation of her primary partner's relative quality are hypothesized.

Menstrual cycle variation in women's preferences for the scent of symmetrical men

Normally cycling women near the peak fertility of their cycle tended to prefer the scent of shirts worn by symmetrical men, while normally ovulating women at low fertility within their cycle, and women using a contraceptive pill showed no significant preference for either symmetrical or asymmetrical men's scent.

Changes in women's sexual interests and their partner's mate–retention tactics across the menstrual cycle: evidence for shifting conflicts of interest

Results showed that women reported greater sexual interest in, and fantasy about, non–primary partners near ovulation than during the luteal phase; but women did not report significantly greater sexualinterest in, or fantasies about, primary partners close to ovulation.

Hormones, sexuality and fertility in women

Evidence is presented suggesting that mood is an important determinant of the post-menstrual peak of sexuality, whereas the pre-men menstruation peak may depend on other mechanisms such as a delayed effect of the mid-cycle rise in testosterone.

Women's sexual interests across the ovulatory cycle depend on primary partner developmental instability

In a sample of 54 couples, it was found that women whose partners had high developmental instability had greater attraction to men other than their partners, and less attraction to their own partners, when fertile.

Changes in women's mate preferences across the ovulatory cycle.

Examination of women's preferences for traits typically valued in long-term and/or short-term mates varied according to women's fertility status supported the good genes hypothesis, and implications for models of human mating are discussed.