crowd2Sure, you make weekend plans based on the types of activities you enjoy, the foods you like to eat and the friends you want to spend time with.

But, a 2006 study in the journal Hormones and Behavior shows that if you’re in Week 2 of your cycle (the week leading up to and including ovulation), whether you realize it or not, you’re also selecting a destination where there’s likely to be a high number of eligible cuties–for instance, a crowded dance club, restaurant, concert, parade, party or political rally. And this holds true whether you’re single or currently have a partner. (full study)

Why? As the researchers explain it, as you approach the fertile days in your cycle, you instinctively seek out places where you can window shop potential mates–and having many to choose from ups your odds of finding someone with healthy genes.In a relationship? If things have gotten stale or rocky, the same study shows you’re gravitating toward crowded spots to scout possible sweeties to flirt with.

Not in your Week 2, but the gal-pals you’re planning a night with are begging you to go someplace packed with people when you’re preferring someplace mellower and less populated? Chances are, your friends are in their Week 2–which is why they’re feeling the craving for crowds. Go along with their desires and they might just return the favor when your own Week 2 rolls around and you want to drag them someplace brimming with romantic possibilities….

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Gabrielle Lichterman is a longtime women’s health and lifestyle journalist whose articles have appeared in dozens of major magazines and newspapers around the globe including Cosmopolitan, CosmoGIRL, Glamour, Marie Claire, The New York Daily News and Woman’s World. Gabrielle began developing Hormonology® and the Hormone Horoscope® in 1999 and has been sharing menstrual cycle-related research and tips through her apps, blog, book, newsletter and magazine articles ever since.

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