Pre Conception

Women Dress Sexier Before Ovulation

Go figure, I used a “maybe baby” to see when I was ovulating. Maybe I should have just kept tracking of my dressing habits…

A study done at the University of California on 30 university students in stable relationships found that as they as they approached ovulation they were likely to wear trendier clothes, flash more flesh, ditch trousers in favour of skirts and don eye-catching jewellery.

The findings go against the conventional wisdom that humans – unlike many animals who release powerful scents or change the colour of their skin when they are ready to mate – hide all signs of the moment they release an egg.

“Near ovulation, women dress to impress, and the closer women come to ovulation, the more attention they appear to pay to their appearance,” said the study’s leader, Martie Haselton, of the University of California at Los Angeles.

“They tend to put on skirts instead of pants, show more skin and generally dress more fashionably.”

The women, who did not know they were being studied, were photographed during their most and less fertile phases.

A group of 42 people 1/2 men and 1/2 women judged the pairs of pictures and decide in which one the woman was trying to look more attractive. Identities were kept secret to make sure the women were just judged on attire.

The judges chose the photo taken during the the fertile phases 60% of the time, which the team said was ” well beyond random chance”.

I would never have drawn a line between sexier dressing and ovulation. It does makes sense, that would be the time of the month that you are not bloated or feeling yucky thus making you want to dress a little more risque.


About the author

Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

Leave a Comment