Fertile women’s dreams sexier

By IndepthAfrica
In Lifestyle
Apr 1st, 2012

Article By: Phoenix Miles
It’s no secret that women become less approachable and more emotional during PMS, but that’s not the end to the rollercoaster ride according to scientists who say that women are also more likely to have raunchier daydreams when they’re at their most fertile.

The study, lead by Samantha Dawson of University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, found that women were more likely to feel increased sexual arousal and report having more daydreams of a sexual nature during the fertile period in their menstrual cycle.

Tracking 27 women who were asked to keep a diary of their sexual fantasties for one month, Dawson and her team tracked the correlation between the women’s ovulation period — identified by the researchers before the start of the study — and the amount and level of intensity of fantasies she reported experiencing.

Overa 10-day window period in which each participant was likely to be at her most fertile, each women was given a do-it-yourself ovulation test which they recorded daily.

The women weren’t told that they were testing their level of fertility. Dawson also chose women who were not on any contraceptive hormones.

Results showed that the women had 0.77 fantasies per day — a different result from previous studies which have showed that women have only one sexual fantasy per week. However, LiveScience reports that this previous study had relied on participant’s memory of past incidents, while Dawson’s study had each participant reporting their experiences daily — a method that might be more reliable.

Dawson also found there to be a spike in the frequency of sexual fantasies over the three days surrounding ovulation, reaching an average of 1.3 fantasies per day.

While Dawson and her colleagues expected the women to report fantasies that had a similar quality to male fantasies during ovulation — which would be more visual and explicit — the reverse was true with the women reporting more emotionally-focused fantasies.

“They’re still focusing on the emotions and the feelings that they have toward this partner in the fantasies as opposed to what the partner looks like, how masculine they are and what sexual acts they’re actually engaging in,” Dawson explained in a report by LiveScience.

Even so, researchers did see a marked increase in interest in men over the women’s most fertile periods – whereas, during other times in the cycle, women reported fantasies that included women too. The finding suggests that fertility hormones play some part in who we desire.

Dawson’s findings showed that female sexual desire is a complex issue and that seemingly insignificant factors can make a huge difference – even to how the women responds to a questionnaire.

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