Journal article

Women's preferences for men's beards show no relation to their ovarian cycle phase and sex hormone levels

Barnaby JW Dixson, Anthony J Lee, Khandis R Blake, Grazyna Jasienska, Urszula M Marcinkowska

Hormones and Behavior | Elsevier | Published : 2018


According to the ovulatory shift hypothesis, women's mate preferences for male morphology indicative of competitive ability, social dominance, and/or underlying health are strongest at the peri-ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle. However, recent meta-analyses are divided on the robustness of such effects and the validity of the often-used indirect estimates of fertility and ovulation has been called into question in methodological studies. In the current study, we test whether women's preferences for men's beardedness, a cue of male sexual maturity, androgenic development and social dominance, are stronger at the peri-ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle compared to during the early fo..

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Awarded by Polish National Science Centre

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was approved by the Human Ethics Committee at Jagiellonian University and supported by the Polish National Science Centre with grant number 2014/12/S/NZ8/00722 (to UMM) and is in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. Participation was voluntary, anonymous, individuals could withdraw from the study at any point, and female researchers conducted all the interviews. BJWD was funded by a University of Queensland Post-Doctoral Fellowship.