Don’t Cry Me A River: Men Turned Off By Women’s Tears

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Right now, this man's testosterone levels are plummeting. Getty Images.

Ladies, dry those tears. Unless you’re trying to repel men and in that case, cry on. 

While it’s pretty much common knowledge that most men aren’t the biggest fans of tears (or is that emotions in general? Kidding!), new research shows that men are literally turned off by women’s tears.

(More on TIME.com: Why neurotic people need more sex)

A paper published in the journal Science reveals that women’s tears contain a chemical that men can smell and can dramatically reduce their testosterone levels–not to mention that loving feeling.

So men of the world, take heart. Next time your lady gets weepy and you’re put off, you needn’t feel too guilty. After all, it’s science.

For more on the study, check out Maia Szalavitz’s story on Healthland.

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