Circum-menopausal effects on women's judgements of facial attractiveness

Jovana Vukovic, Benedict C Jones, Lisa M DeBruine, Anthony C Little, David R Feinberg, Lisa L M Welling

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Abstract

The marked change in a woman's hormonal profile that happens at menopause affects many aspects of behaviour. We investigated circum-menopausal women's preferences for femininity in the faces of young adult men and women. Post-menopausal women demonstrated stronger preferences for femininity in same-sex faces than pre-menopausal women did. This effect was independent of possible effects of participant's age and suggests that dislike of feminine (i.e. attractive) same-sex competitors decreases as fertility decreases. No significant difference between pre- and post-menopausal women was observed for men's faces, potentially because circum-menopausal women do not necessarily view young adult men as potential mates. To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate circum-menopausal changes in women's face preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-64
Number of pages3
JournalBiology Letters
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2009

Keywords

  • sexual dimorphism
  • facial attractiveness
  • menopause
  • menstruaol cycle
  • derogation

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    Vukovic, J., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Little, A. C., Feinberg, D. R., & Welling, L. L. M. (2009). Circum-menopausal effects on women's judgements of facial attractiveness. Biology Letters, 5(1), 62-64. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2008.0478