Hormones impact how you react to a bad kisser

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Hormones impact how you react to a bad kisser

My HormonologyEver been on a great date with someone new, but decided not to go on another one because your date turned out to be a lousy kisser? You were probably in Week 2 of your cycle (which starts 8 days after the onset of menstruation).

According to a 2013 study from the University of Oxford, you’re quick to cut loose someone who’s a bad smoocher as you approach ovulation. But, interestingly enough, you’d be willing to overlook that same lame kiss if it happened in Week 3 or Week 4 of your cycle (the second half of your monthly cycle) and agree to another date!

While the researchers admit they don’t know why we gals react to a bad kiss differently throughout our cycle, they do have theories:

One is that high estrogen in Week 2 has you more focused on looking for cues that the person you’re with is physically desirable–and a perfect kiss is one of these critical cues.

A second theory: High estrogen in your Week 2 sharpens your sense of smell, so you’re more easily turned off by someone with bad breath or an unpleasant scent because you can detect it more keenly.

Either way, it’s a good idea to keep this little hormonal effect in mind in case you’re tempted to give up on a great potential partner in your Week 2 because of a sub-par smooch–when all you really need to do is teach the person better kissing skills (for instance, by simply saying “Let me kiss you” or “Here’s how I like to be kissed”) or offer up a breath mint!

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By | 2018-04-05T17:40:41+00:00 March 25th, 2014|hormonology tip, relationships, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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