Female Fertility - Conception - Medicine and Health - New York Times

Female Fertility - Conception - Medicine and Health - New York Times

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Female Fertility - Conception - Medicine and Health - New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/health/research/06patt.html?ref. .. 1 of 1 5/7/08 3:49 PM May 6, 2008 VITAL SIGNS Patterns: Serious Message in a Seductive Voice By ERIC NAGOURNEY A come-hither sound in a woman’s voice may carry a message about her readiness to conceive. A new study finds that women who are at the peak time of fertility in their menstrual cycle may have changes in their voices that make them sound more attractive. The study, which appears online in Evolution and Human Behavior, was done by R. Nathan Pipitone and Gordon G. Gallup Jr. of the State University of New York at Albany . The researchers recorded voice samples from about 50 undergraduate women at four times in their menstrual cycle. Then they asked 34 men and 32 women to listen to the recordings and rate them in terms of attractiveness. On the surface, the recordings were not terribly sexy. The women were asked to count from 1 to 10. But they must
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Unformatted text preview: have been doing something different when they were closest to ovulating, because that was when they received the highest ratings, the researchers said. Part of the explanation may lie in the fact that the larynx changes both its shape and size in response to hormones related to reproduction. The findings are in keeping with earlier research showing that the voice can convey a good amount of information about sexual desirability. Sexual encounters do tend to occur in the dark, but even when the lights are on, the voice plays a big role. The study, the researchers said, might help explain earlier research finding that lap dancers make the best tips when they are ovulating. Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company Privacy Policy Search Corrections RSS First Look Help Contact Us Work for Us Site Map...
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