Researchers at Milan's Universita degli Studi suggest that women who suffer from one of the worst kinds of gynecological problems, endometriosis, are found to be some of the most attractive women by the opposite sex.
The researchers recruited around 300 women who were in their late 20s or early 30s for the study of which 100 had rectovaginal endometriosis, another 100 had less severe endometriosis while the remaining 100 had no endometriosis but were going through gynecological surgery for other reasons.
The researchers then asked two male and two female doctors, who were not linked to the study, to rate the attractiveness of the women on a scale of 1-5. The researchers found that 31 percent of women who had severe form of endometriosis were rated as attractive or very attractive compared to just 8 percent and 9 percent of women with mild form of endometriosis or without any endometriosis. The study has been published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Writing in their report, the researchers said that one of the reasons why men find women with endometriosis attractive could be because high estrogen levels "might favor the development of aggressive and infiltrating endometriotic lesions, particularly in the most feminine subjects."