Ovulatory Shifts in Female Sexual Desire

@article{Pillsworth2004OvulatorySI,
  title={Ovulatory Shifts in Female Sexual Desire},
  author={Elizabeth G. Pillsworth and Martie G. Haselton and David M. Buss},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  year={2004},
  volume={41},
  pages={55 - 65}
}
Women's reproductive biology imposes heavy obligatory costs of parental investment, creating strong selective forces hypothesized to shape female mating psychology around critical decisions such as the choice of partner, the timing of sexual intercourse, and the timing of reproduction. We propose that female sexual desire has evolved as one adaptation among several designed to regulate these decisions. We hypothesize (a) an increase in desire as conception probability increases, but only among… 
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