The information was collected through correlational research. The researchers did not control any of the situational or person confounds, however, all research was conducted within a strip club where the setting was the same. Eighteen female participants (of which seven were on the pill while eleven were not) were recruited through indirect emails and asked to log their mood, work hours, work location, and tip earnings and when they had begun/ceased menstruation in a self-report for 60 days. Due to the intimacy of lap dances, men were, theoretically, able to pick up more of the estrus cues from women rather than, for example, using photographs of women instead
( [Haselton, Mortezaie, Pillsworth, Bleske-Recheck, and Frederick, 2007] as cited in [Miller, Tybur, Jordan, 2007] ). There were two independent variables in this study: first was the use of a contraceptive by the dancers and, second, the phase of their ovulatory cycle. The dependent variable was the amount of tip earnings they generated over the 60-day period.
Explicit results showing increased tips during estrus were achieved. The extent of these earnings was moderated by whether the dances were on the pill or normally cycling. It was shown that all women had lower earnings during their menstrual cycle where signs of fatigue bloating, muscle pains, and irritability may have affected results. Although both pill uses and regular cycling females had higher earnings during the fertile estrous phase, the pill uses had no mid-cycle peak in tip earnings like the normally cycling women did. The normally cycling women earned $354 per shift during estrus, while the results also showed that pill users made just over $200. On average,