Have you seen the Great Sperm Race? It's a fascinating documentary. This is segment four:
The video basically says, "To see whether estrus was really "lost" during human evolution (as researchers often claim), we examined ovulatory cycle effects on tip earnings by professional lap dancers working in "gentlemen's" clubs. Eighteen dancers recorded their menstrual periods, work shifts, and tip earnings for 60 days on a study web site. A mixed-model analysis of 296 work shifts (representing about 5,300 lap dances) showed an interaction between cycle phase and hormonal contraception use. Normally cycling participants earned about US$335 per 5-hour shift during estrus, US$260 per shift during the luteal phase, and US$185 per shift during menstruation. By contrast, participants using contraceptive pills showed no estrous earnings peak. These results constitute the first direct economic evidence for the existence and importance of estrus in contemporary human females in a real-world work setting."
So my question for you: Are you more sexually receptive during your fertile window? Do you feel more attractive? And most importantly? Do you take advantage of it? ;)
Last Cycle, I woke up on O day two hours early with an intense desire. So for two hours I quietly plotted, made myself pretty and set my alarm to wake DH up with a surprise.
I didn't used to always feel this way. I've been working on balancing my hormones for a year. It's definitely an adjustment for both of us, but I like to think that we are both enjoying it.
I'm honestly confused as to what researchers claim there is not estrus. I worked in research concerning cardiovascular disease and hormones for a number of years (I don't anymore) and the realities of a woman's hormonal cycle were always at the forefront of the research. It's always been assumed that women have estrus by any research I've seen. Heck it doesn't take a study of erotic dancers to figure it out either. There are cellular changes in the vaginal fluids that indicates what stage of a cycle a female (of any species) is in.
Personally, yes, I feel my cycle on my moods. I'm much more interested in the middle of my cycle, much less interested right before my period, ect.
I agree. It seems like it would be very obvious that female humans would go through some type of "heat." We are mammals, after all. That's why I was interested in seeing if more ladies would put in their two cents. Perhaps with all of our artificial foods, artificial lights and modern way of living- women have lost touch with their cycles?
I think people don't know this bc lots of women are on hormonal birth control and don't want to get pg and so have not learned about cycles. I just had to tell people on reddit that what they were talking about was not a woman's natural lubrication but actually EWCF. Nobody knew about it.
Lactivist-athiest-feminist wife to DH , mommy-in-training to beautiful DS Kai, 9/2011
I've always wondered (but have been nervous about asking) why women can't tell when they're ovulating. I didn't realize that not everyone's libido picked up approaching ovulation and during. I've always known I was headed towards ovulation-land when I'd be driving down the road and the guy's broad shoulders in the pick-up in front of me made me think naughty thoughts. And it's all downhill from there. I can't think of anything else but sex. And I need to where a pantyliner.
Haha! Me too! I was reading Wendell Berry before bed last night and he wrote about how much he loves women and how he imagined making love to so many women he passed by and how he'd devote years to loving them but somehow, his wife tamed him and he loves her more than he loves women. A kindred spirit, that Wendell Berry, on so many levels.
I often tell DH how much I love men and he asks what I love about them. Mostly at that time in my cycle, it's the physical attributes like long muscled legs, narrow hips, broad shoulders, scratchy faces...mmmm... Can you tell where I am in my cycle? This morning I said to DH over coffee, "Do you remember me kissing you last night and you telling me to go to sleep?" He called me insatiable.
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