49. Handsome Men, Lousy Semen: 1. Press Release

Here is a verbatim September 2, 2014 press release from Wiley regarding a recent article in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology:

September 02, 2014

A Handsome Face Could Mean Lower Semen Quality

49. JEB Semen

Frontal and right side lateral view of male face. Prior to attractiveness ratings, colour photographs were scanned, and an oval mask was placed over the image to minimize the visual effect of hairstyle.

Contrary to what one might expect, facial masculinity was negatively associated with semen quality in a recent Journal of Evolutionary Biology study. As increased levels of testosterone have been demonstrated to impair sperm production, this finding may indicate a trade-off between investments in secondary sexual signaling (i.e. facial masculinity) and fertility.

Interestingly, males estimated facial images generally more attractive than females did, suggesting that males may generally overestimate the attractiveness of other men to females.