Research output

Article in Journal ()

Men perceive their female partners, and themselves, as more attractive around ovulation

Citation
Cobey KD, Buunk AP, Pollet TV, Klipping C & Roberts SC (2013) Men perceive their female partners, and themselves, as more attractive around ovulation, Biological Psychology, 94 (3), pp. 513-516.

Abstract
The purpose of this study was to test whether men perceive changes in their female partner's attractiveness as a function of her fertility status. We further tested how both male and female self-perception varies in relation to female fertility status. This study benefits from the use of transvaginal ultrasonography to detect fertility during the regular cycle and the use of a within-subjects design in which romantic couples were followed both across the cycle and during hormonal contraceptive use. We find that men rated their female partner as more attractive near to ovulation (when fertile) as compared to during the luteal cycle phase or during hormonal contraceptive use. Moreover, our results point to a presently unrecognized negative consequence of hormonal contraceptive use on male self-perception, with men rating themselves lower in attractiveness when their partner was using hormonal contraceptives than when she was regularly cycling. In contrast, there was no difference across measures in female self-reported attractiveness. Results are discussed in terms of their potential impact on within-couple social dynamics.

Keywords
Hormonal contraception; Oral contraception; Fertility; Attractiveness; Romantic relationships; Within-subjects

StatusPublished
AuthorsCobey Kelly D, Buunk Abraham P, Pollet Thomas V, Klipping Christine, Roberts S Craig
Publication date12/2013
Publication date online01/10/2013
Date accepted by journal22/09/2013
PublisherElsevier
ISSN 0301-0511
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Biological Psychology: Volume 94, Issue 3 (2013-Oct-1)

© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
My Portal