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Do You Believe in Pheromones?

Some guys seem to exude sex, a trait often attributed to pheromones, the chemical signals that people supposedly emit when they're in the mood. But turns out, scientists have never been able to find evidence of such pheromones in humans.

In an essay published in the journal Nature, scientists say they haven't pinned down so-called "releaser pheromones" in humans, which would trigger sexual desire. They have, however, found evidence of "primer pheromones" related to physical reactions. Here's more:

Scientists have observed what they think are the effects of human primer pheromones, including studies showing that some compound in the extract from a woman's armpit can cause menstrual cycles of nearby women to sync up. And a recent study found that women can smell a guy's sexual intentions. . . . But without any actual chemicals identified as pheromones, scientists can't test effects on humans, so the jury is out as to whether we communicate via pheromones.

OK, first of all: How cool is it that they may have proven that menstrual-cycle syncing actually happens?! I thought that was just a myth. That makes me wonder if the sexual pheromones thing is also a myth or if maybe it's just not proven yet. What do you think?


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babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
Further to what I said earlier, even for couples in long-distance relationships, they need to periodically make an extra effort to schedule trips to get together. How can one sustain a relationship long term in the absence of physical contact? Especially when you are JUST starting a relationship when things aren't all that stable and you don't know the other person that well in the relationship context. Even if physical attraction is not entirely responsible, it is substantially IMPORTANT, especially for MEN. As much as we don't want to admit it, physical contact is "extremely" important to men and to them, it represents the amount of love his other half is willing to offer him. I can say that without the physical contact, no relationship can survive long distance on a long term basis. If physical contact (pheromones) is not of major importance, what is the difference between a deep platonic relationship and a love relationship? (assuming the individual is comfortable at doing everything else to maintain the relationship BUT physical contact.)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I do.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
stumbler, I hope so. However, chances are low to very slim for two people who have never lived in the same city to develop a relationship. (to develop, to start, I don't mean maintain). I could understand the "maintenance" part if you have actually been physically involved for a while. I don't mean intimacy but at least the opportunity to see face-to-face and hold hands. Physical attraction is still a top priority for many and that is the reality. I hope you are right also but I have neither personally experienced nor witnessed anyone who can create and maintain a relationship without physical contact except for mail-order brides and arranged marriages in which case, the individuals have NO choice.
Leanne1078 Leanne1078 8 years
My boyfriend says he can tell when I'm ovulating, I smell extra attractive to him and we both seem to be hornier around that time...he's always right on about it, since I know exactly when I ovulate cuz I get those cramps...
stumbler02 stumbler02 8 years
I don't think your first comment is true, babysoftpink. The study never said humans couldn't create or maintain an attraction remotely. Pheromones are a component of attraction but they never claimed that they are necessary or entirely responsible for attraction.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
hey Susan Walsh, based on your past experience, perhaps another study could be performed, the title would be "The dating habits study that measures specifically the frequency of SEXY, HEALTHY, WEALTHY, INTELLIGENT and SUCCESSFUL businessmen react to the power of pheromones and or menstruating women"
Susan-Walsh Susan-Walsh 8 years
A couple of years ago I read in a mag article about a prof from Penn who does pheromone research, and markets the stuff. She cites a study where identical twins in a bar got vastly different amounts of attention from men when one had applied pheromones to the skin and one had not. Anyway, I was really curious. I sent in my $100 (!!!) for, like, .06 oz. This vial was mad tiny. I started putting on a drop under my nose every morning per the instructions. And the results were hilarious. I swear, it had a huge effect, but not the desired one! The really busted dude at the frozen yogurt place mentioned on my next visit that if I ever have a couple of hours he'd like to tell me why guys like hooking up so much. I don't know why that convo would take more than ten seconds. The postman stopped to chat, and then told me I was looking really, really good lately. Had I lost a bunch of weight? The competent personal trainer with creepy hooded eyes made inappropriate levels of intense eye contact at my next visit. And not one cute guy ever said a word! Honest to God, it's all true. After a couple of weeks, I couldn't take it anymore and I just stopped. Recently, I checked the vial but the remaining pheromones have evaporated. So I paid all that money for randomly awkward encounters.
kia kia 8 years
Heck ya I believe in the power of the "furry gnomes" <--- what a girlfriend and I have called them since we were teens and knew how powerful they could be.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
We are animals after all. I believe it.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
If this study is true, with everything that can work remotely such as "you could go to school remotely" and "transfer bank funds" and "receive and obtain consultations" and "discuss business plans over the video conferencing" but relationships cannot. THIS study also strongly dispels the possibility of attracting someone remotely. You must be in the same location at least that one time to feel the pheromones of a man or the compound released from the armpit of a menstruating woman. This is an interesting finding and I could believe it's true. However, I prefer to believe another study that states that when a woman hit the naturally child bearing age for that individual, she is more aggressive towards her peers because it is an animal instinct to want to ensure that she can produce her young. Meaning, the percentage of a guy that is able to mate with her will be reduced if she does not get rid of her competition. I find this theory more believable.
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