I'm not used to grabbing the attention of random men. After all, I'm a 47-year-old happily married mother of teens. And while I think I look good for my age, honestly, I'm not all that.
But last week, I hit a trifecta: three men flirting with me all within a few hours. And since I was dressed in my mom uniform, I have to believe it happened because I was ovulating.
Did you know that when women ovulate, we release pheromones called copulins? Being in the presence of copulins has been shown to make a man's testosterone levels rise. And of course, when a man's testosterone levels go up, so does his sexual desire.
First up on that day of all the male attention was the salesman at the department store. I needed to buy a dress shirt for my son and I didn't know anything about boys' dress shirt sizes. A salesman came over to help me and was able to find the right size after asking me various questions.
But our conversation wandered. And the sales guy ended up telling me that he had been married three times and that it wasn't easy to meet women in our area. He lingered a little longer than seemed necessary, but I didn't think too much of it. I was just happy to get a shirt that was 50 percent off the retail price.
My next stop was the drugstore, where I had to drop off a prescription for my daughter. The insurance is under her father's name, so I had to explain to the guy at the pharmacy that I wasn't the insured and that it was my ex-husband, which is why the address was different from mine.
After I gave him my daughter's birthdate, he said, "Oh, you aren't old enough to have a teenager!" I told him that yes, I was. But he didn't stop there. "The two of you must look more like sisters," he said.
I left there thinking the whole encounter was kind of odd.
My last stop of the afternoon was the grocery store. I was waiting at the deli counter for my number to be called when I felt someone move into my personal space. I turned slightly to my right and was surprised to find one of my local police officers, in full uniform, standing there. The place wasn't crowded so there was really no need for him to be that close. I turned to him and said, "I hope I'm not in trouble." He gave me a big smile and said, "No, not unless you did something wrong." And then he continued on with some small talk, standing close enough to me to plant a big smacker on my lips.
I was driving home from my errands, pondering what had just happened. Three men in a row acting strangely around me. Flirting! And it suddenly hit me. I was ovulating. My scent was out there. And they (unconsciously) knew it.
I thought I would put my theory to the test, so I went home and sidled up to my husband. I just stood there, having a normal conversation with him.
Within a few minutes, we were up the stairs and having a little afternoon delight. Theory proven! Mystery solved.
Have you received unusual male attention while you were ovulating?
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