Your hugs are more comforting to men in Week 3

/Your hugs are more comforting to men in Week 3

Your hugs are more comforting to men in Week 3

hugThe next time a guy you know (like your partner, co-worker, teammate or buddy) is stressed-out (say, over an upcoming job interview or big presentation) and it’s your Week 3, give him a hug.

Scientists have already shown that warm embraces are soothing because they trigger the release of oxytocin–a hormone that reduces stress and anxiety.

Now a new study in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology reveals that during Week 3 of your monthly cycle, your hugs have an even greater calming effect on men in particular.

That’s because rising progesterone on these days prompts your body to send certain signals via your sweat that reduce the levels of a man’s testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol–an anxiety-diffusing combination that makes him more serene.

And if he isn’t the hugging type? Then sidle up to close to him. As long as he’s getting a whiff of the chemicals sent out in your sweat, you’ll be soothing his nerves–without his even knowing it.

[Photo: Britterz05]

By | 2018-08-12T12:52:57+00:00 February 19th, 2014|hormonology tip, Week 3|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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