Testosterone, Pheromones, Ovulating Women and Sexual Attraction
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Testosterone, Pheromones, Ovulating Women and Sexual Attraction

If you ask most people what kinds of partners they are attracted to they will have physical and mental characters such as height, weight, intelligence, nice personality and so on. However, you will not hear a man saying he is attracted to women who are ovulating. After all how would men know that?

If you ask most people what kinds of partners they are attracted to they will have physical and mental characters such as height, weight, intelligence, nice personality and so on.  However, you will not hear a man saying he is attracted to women who are ovulating.  After all who would men know that? Apparently they are attracted to the sweat smell from ovulating women.  We know that pheromones is the sexual attraction hormone and this adds to the body of knowledge that we already know. There psychologists and sociologists maintain that the reason for the attraction to ovulating women goes back to the survival of the species; ovulating woman can reproduce.   This piece of science is shared by sex therapist Laura Berman  who says essentially we can detect 10,000 different scents yet who would have guessed it. 

She also quotes studies that WebMD  also talk about where people are attracted to the sweat smell of individuals who have different immune systems than they do and that also is a safeguard for strong offspring who will benefit from the DNA of different parents.

 The sniffing research doesn’t stop here, there were two small studies suggesting that hormones play a big part in sexual attraction but the Sweden researchers came up with a bit of a surprise.  Sniffing the male hormone testosterone did not turn out straight men, but it did arouse straight females and gay men.  Also straight men and lesbian preferred the female hormone.  They also processed the scent in different places of the brain than gay men and straight women. Yes, of course much more research must be done to substantiate these studies, nevertheless they are intriguing.  

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Unfortunately, eating chocolate and oysters are pretty much old wives tales.  There has not been conclusive research to back up this claim.  According to WebTV The only substance where there is substantial research to back up the claim of boosting sexual desire is the hormone testosterone.

 Some research shows that chocolate contains high levels of the “love molecule”, phenylethylamine (PEA)  but no research shows that eating chocolate is as stimulating as holding hands, embracing or gazing into that a potential lover’s eyes.

Are only hormones implicated in sexual attraction?

We know that animal release pheromones and we have been told that humans do as well.  However even though many perfume companies sell sprays which include a pheromone base which they claim promotes sexual desire there is still not enough scientific proof to substantiate this claim.

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Comments (11)

I don't put any stock in what Laura Berman says, but I am familiar with these studies.

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Yes James I agree I am familiar with the studies as well.

Interesting topic Carol, FB liked.

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thank you Phoenix

An insightful look at the underlying causes of sexual attraction unravelling the science behind, Carol.

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thank you deep blue

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Excellent feature Carol.

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thanks Ron

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Ah, yes..."The Scent of a Woman."

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or the scent of a man lol

Awesome! I enjoyed reading this.  So much about attraction is on the unconsious level. I love researching stuff like this. Will recommend now. 

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