If you think figuring out the key to a woman's sexuality and attraction to men is complicated, a new UCLA study basically just confirmed that old stereotype.
But … the academics did provide you with a better road map to understanding the complexities of that being we know as the human female.
Some of the findings are, frankly, a little funny:
For one, women who end up with Mr. Right instead of a sexier Mr. Right Now were more likely to feel dissatisfied with their relationships right around the time of … their ovulation. UCLA:
The researchers found that women mated to the less sexually attractive men were significantly more likely to find fault with their partners …
Women who are with more physically desirable men had the opposite experience: During their most fertile time of the month they were more likely to feel closer to their sexier mates.
This according to the findings, which will appear in this month's issue of the journal Hormones and Behavior.
And those guys who weren't the top picks in the bedroom department better watch their backs during monthly mating season. UCLA:
… The lab has found that women whose mates are less sexy and masculine tend to be more attracted to other men during the few fertile days leading up to ovulation.
Researchers looked at 41 undergraduate women to come up with their conclusions. And, to be sure, the study was then duplicated with 67 student participants.
Academics found that, during ovulation, women behaved way differently, the school states. Subjects had …
… a tendency to dress up and to speak in a higher-pitched, more feminine voice and — in a potential inbreeding-avoidance mechanism — to refrain from contact with male kin.
Male mates who are “less attractive” were on the possible chopping block during high-fertility days (although researchers said that these feelings were “fleeting” and usually didn't affect the relationships in the long term).
Martie Haselton, professor of psychology and communication studies at UCLA and the study's senior author:
A woman evaluates her relationship differently at different times in her cycle, and her evaluation seems to be colored by how sexually attractive she perceives her partner to be.
Complicated? There's only one solution to this, guys: Be Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now. Get yourselves to a gym.
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