Menstrual synchrony: an update and review

Graham, Cynthia A. (1991) Menstrual synchrony: an update and review. Human Nature, 2, (4), 293-311. (doi:10.1007/BF02692195).


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Several studies have now documented menstrual synchrony in human females. There is a broad consensus that the phenomenon mainly occurs in women who spend a significant amount of time together, such as close friends and coworkers, and that social contact rather than a similar environment plays an important role in mediating the effect. However, the mechanisms involved and the adaptive function of menstrual synchrony are not understood. There is some evidence that olfactory cues between females might underlie the effect. More research is needed before the precise mechanisms that regulate menstrual synchrony are elucidated

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/BF02692195
ISSNs: 1045-6767 (print)
1936-4776 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 206919
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 15:16
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48

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