A study has shown that women who are in relationships with less attractive and less dominant partners become more picky and critical when they are about to start ovulating. …

The results showed that the women’s attitudes changed depending on how fertile they were and how attractive their man was.

For instance, at the point in the month when the women were close to ovulating, and so highly fertile, those who had rated their husband or boyfriend as being steady but not terribly attractive, felt less close to them. They were also more likely to find fault with them, the journal Hormones and Behavior reports. …

‘A woman evaluates her relationship differently at different times in her cycle and her evaluation seems to be coloured by how sexually attractive she perceives her partner to be.’