Your Period and Kissing

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Recent studies say there's a relationship between your period and kissing.
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I recently read an article that talks about the relationship between your period and kissing:  how we feel about it as women and how it all coincides with our menstrual cycle.

Rafael Wlodarski, a student at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and Professor Robin Dunbar looked into the evolutionary reasons behind kissing. Using an international survey of over 900 adults, they figured out a few interesting things:

  • Women generally rate kissing as more important than men do.
  • Kissing frequently is related to relationship satisfaction.
  • Kissing helps us assess mates and determine who’s in it for the long haul.

In addition, women enjoy kissing more during the follicular phase, or while they're ovulating—and rate it less important during their luteal phase, or the few days before they get their period.

So it looks like kissing may be more than just a prelude to something else; it’s actually a way of maintaining happiness in a relationship, as well as choosing the right mate. And depending on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle, she’ll be either more or less interested in using the kissing method on her partner.

If you’re looking for more info on the subject, check out "Menstrual Cycle Effects on Attitudes Toward Romantic Kissing,” a research paper that was published in both the Archives of Sexual Behavior and Human Nature.

Either way, it's interesting to think that smooching is just one more way of Mother Nature leading us to the right partner.