Are Pheromones Real?

15 May

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You might have come across an ad or two for pheromones throughout your life, but do you know if they really work? Is it really possible to have emotional, hormonal, and even sexual influence over another person by wearing pheromones?

According to psychologist Wendy Wood of the University of Southern California, the science of pheromones is “a controversial research area. Studies are highly inconsistent, and only a few studies have shown that women’s menstrual cycles influence their mate’s preferences – many more find no effect of menstrual cycles on preferences.”

Even though pheromones have been observed and studied thoroughly in most animals throughout the world, we still don’t fully understand how pheromones work in humans. We know how strong the effect of pheromones can be on animals. For instance, ants that get separated from the main group will sometimes create what is called an ant mill – a phenomenon where ants will follow a trail of pheromones in a circle until they die of exhaustion!

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Now a new study has been released that suggests that a women in heightened stages of fertility find the scent of male testosterone attractive.

In this correlative study, men were given t-shirts to wear for two days straight, after which women would answer questions about the appeal of the t-shirts and what stage of the menstrual cycle they were in. This is when the correlation was revealed, but the cause of the association is still not known. Many researchers suspect that it might have something to do with the sex pheromone androstenol.

Pheromone expert Bruce Boyd of Love Scent told us that “pheromones are not miracle sex attractants, but they do play a role in the day to day interactions of humans, albeit a more subtle one. They are a part of everyone’s life; they say that only 10% of communication is verbal, but how much is pheromonal? More than you think maybe.”

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