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Pheromones: Attracting Partners Through The Ages?

Updated on May 31, 2014

What do we know about them?

Pheromones are odorous secretions by animals which when sensed by another of its species tend to cause a change in behavior. Most of them are believed to trigger some form of sexual activity. Unlike most other hormones, pheromones do not cause changes on the individual it is secreted from, but on a separate individual, of the same species.



The studies of Cutler and Preti, (1986) demonstrated the importance of the masculine “essence” in feminine biology. Some University of Chicago researchers believe that random odors and perspiration of other women could trigger and alter menstrual cycles. This phenomenon called the McClintock Effect is the supposed reason why women who spend a lot of time together have synchronized menstrual cycles.



It is thus believed, that pheromones could cause certain behavioral patterns in humans:

  • · The mother and baby connection,
  • · Sexual attractions and arousal.



The presence of pheromones has been striking, from bacteria to fishes, and other organisms, but their significance of pheromones in humans is yet to be decided. Though it is believed that we humans depend immensely on the physical appearance of our partner, it is greatly the smell factor that works for most in close proximity. The study of the effect of pheromones on humans is a rather complex one because we are a starkly different kind than other animals.


The odors that have been mentioned about are secreted from various glands located all around the human body. The underarms, the eyelids, the circular region of the lips, the genitalia zones, the outer half of the ear and the nipples are effectively the zones that produce these odors.



To conduct one such study on human pheromones, three broad classes have been drawn-


  • · The vaginal aliphatic acids,
  • · Axillary steroids, and
  • · The Vomeronasal organ stimulators.


Natural pheromones and how to enhance them:


Women, mostly after the age of fertility, are believed to find the smell of a man’s testosterone the most attractive. Articles on how one could enhance ones natural pheromones by the intake of pumpkin seeds and nuts seem quite delightful to selective readers! The smell of a man or a woman has a lot to do with the sweat (s) he releases. The perfume combines with the sweat to give that individual a unique smell to himself/herself.


The natural pheromones of an individual get reduced with the overuse of deodorants. Regular exercising is a natural way of generating more pheromones. An increased oxygen level due to exercising removes toxins and helps open up more pores for the release of pheromones.


This act of enticing is a long debatable battle basing on its authenticity. Various researches deny the validity of any work in this field. But the fact that of the newborn being attracted to its mother’s smell is known and deniable. Smell plays an extremely instrumental role in the successful progression of human social life. Pheromones are also believed to have been altering human moods and causing the extreme shifts in it. Childless women seem to get excessively aroused by the smell of breast-feeding women. In this context it must be understood that individuals or all orientations feel are bounded by the human pheromones attraction phenomenon.

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Juana, I find this article fascinating, especially the concept of this changing with age. The suggestion of pumpkin seeds and nuts and increased exercise is great. What's to lose in trying? I am one who seems to be greatly affected by smells and fragrances. I can walk into a room and my mood changes in an instant depending on the aroma I pick up. Your article provokes a lot of questions regarding social actions of people in a crowd and actually the weather during their gathering. Very, very interesting topic.

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