April 10, 2008 at 11:18 am | Posted in NEAT STUFF | 6 Comments

Ran across this interesting tidbit today…instead of mass mailing it and annoying everybody I know, I figured I would post it here and just annoy the people that read this…

This info was found at the following website:

New Evidence Emphasizing Sense of Smell in Sexual Attraction

Researchers have recently discovered a “secret sex nerve” that they say may control who you are sexually attracted too. This olfactory nerve may be the route through which pheromones are processed.

Nerve “O” has endings in the nasal cavity, but the fibers go directly to the sexual regions of your brain. Because Nerve O bypasses the olfactory cortex, it does not register a conscious smell, but rather identifies chemical sexual cues.

Research has shown that the unconscious cues processed by Nerve “O” can “make or break a relationship.” For instance, you are more likely to be attracted to people whose scent is dissimilar to your own. Couples who have high levels of chemicals in common are more likely to encounter fertility issues, miscarriage and infidelity.

However, pregnant women are drawn to people with similar chemical makeup. This means that if you are taking a hormonal contraceptive, which fools your body into thinking you are pregnant, you might be more attracted to people with similar chemical makeup. If you were on the pill when you met your mate, you might, therefore, feel less attracted to him when you stop taking it.


The good doctor goes on to explain the following:

Pheromones are chemical signals that animals secrete to communicate their gender or reproductive status to other animals. Well, it turns out that you give off pheromones as well, and these chemicals — which you don’t consciously smell or recognize at all — may play a role in helping you find a good partner.

So if you find yourself inexplicably attracted to a stranger you’ve just met, it could very well be their chemical signals that you find irresistible.

Not long ago, scientists were still debating whether humans even noticed chemical signals the way other animals do, but now that is fairly set in stone.

These signals play an important role from a reproductive standpoint in that they help you find a partner who is different, chemically speaking, from yourself. This gives you the best chances of reproducing successfully and even staying together without infidelity.

Chemical signals like pheromones are, in fact, constantly at work in your environment, but they are not only about sexuality. For instance:

  • Women who sniffed fear-induced sweat became more mentally alert and intelligent, according to a study in Chemical Senses.
  • Studies have shown that women can pick a T-shirt worn by their infant from a pile of T-shirts. Babies also respond to the breast pads worn by their own mothers, but not to those worn by other women.
  • The smell of other women’s perspiration causes women’s menstrual cycles to speed up or slow down. This helps explain why women who live together often menstruate at the same time each month.

What about Pheromone-Enriched “Love Potions”?

In recent years, pheromones have become quite trendy, and they’re now showing up in perfumes and colognes that promise to make you more sexually attractive.

Do they work?

Well, some studies have actually found that people wearing these scents are more interesting to the opposite sex, but this could simply be a placebo effect, where the person believes they will be more attractive, and therefore are.

Plus, I would caution against wearing any synthetic perfume or cologne, as they’re almost always loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and more.



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  1. Wow! that is REALLY REALLY NEAT! I’m glad you posted that…. it makes a LOT of sense

  2. Wow, very interesting! Much better than the PUKE Info! :>) Glad you are all feeling better!

  3. Has anybody tried any of these products from Love-Scent? Do they work?

  4. Well, since in GENERAL I’m not trying to attract the opposite sex, no, I’ve never tried the pheramone purfumes….
    I think it is really amazing though how much more sensitive the female nose is than the males…..For instance, a lot of women can smell when other women are on their period (yes, gross) or when someone is having digestive problems (and no, i’m not talking about gas). We can smell whether someone has showered or not…..especially men.
    So it makes me wonder who those pheramone perfumes are really for…..both sexes or just the women???

  5. Hi Sondi!
    I have tried them.
    I worked at Victoria’s Secret several years ago and they were carrying a pheromone product. It peaked my interest because of the way ants use pheromones in a non sexual way to detect each other to form a line.
    I decided to conduct an experiment.
    I applied this stuff generously on myself and went and played football with my friends.
    Note first that everyone I play football with has known me since birth or we have grown up together, so no feelings between each other.
    Everyone EXCEPT my brother had something to compliment me on all of a sudden. One friend even suggested we go out for drinks sometime. And a visiting brother from England outright asked me out, he had never met me before. It was weird.
    That night at meeting all scrubbed and no pheromones, all was back to normal.
    I have spoken with other people who have used them some say they work some say they don’t.
    I leave them to the ants.

  6. I think that is really interesting and true. different smells draw up different feelings. My son’s BABY smell made me really emotional, and me husbands smell (with or without cologne) is…YUM! I wouldn’t want to mess with any pheromones though. It could be freaky.

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