Examination of menstrual synchrony among women basketball players

Aron Weller, Leonard Weller

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Abstract

Based on the hypothesis that olfactory communication may underlie menstrual synchrony, we examined menstrual synchrony among eight professional basketball teams in the Israeli womens' major basketball league. We investigated whether team synchrony occurred, whether best friends among the teammates synchronized, and whether menstrual-related or social-interaction factors were associated with synchrony. Synchrony was not found among the teams nor among best friends. No meaningful relation was found between synchrony and menstrual-related or social-interaction variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-622
Number of pages10
JournalPsychoneuroendocrinology
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements: Without the assistance of two women, Omah Osterfeld and Karen Berkowitz, this study could not have been done. We are most grateful to them. We also thank Orly Turgeman Goldschmidt for her assistance in data analysis. This research was supported by the Committee for the Advancement of Research of Bar-Ilan University.

Keywords

  • Menstrual cycle
  • Menstrual synchrony
  • Pheromones
  • Women
  • Women athletes

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