Women's preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status

  title={Women's preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status},
  author={Jan Havl{\'i}{\vc}ek and Susan C. Roberts and Jaroslav Flegr},
  journal={Biology Letters},
  pages={256 - 259}
Body odour may provide significant cues about a potential sexual partner's genetic quality, reproductive status and health. In animals, a key trait in a female's choice of sexual partner is male dominance but, to date, this has not been examined in humans. Here, we show that women in the fertile phase of their cycle prefer body odour of males who score high on a questionnaire-based dominance scale (international personality items pool). In accordance with the theory of mixed mating strategies… 

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