Just what does attract the opposite sex? I think we all know that confidence or at least the display of confidence, is one of the biggest things that attract others to us; being happy and secure in yourself and your identity. But what are some of those things that our subconscious mind picks up on, that we are consciously unaware of? There are many, and I will touch on some of those things from time to time, but…what about pheromones? What are they really?
Pheromones are the secreted chemical substance from our sweat and other bodily fluids, which conveys information, and triggers a natural behavioral response in another member of the same species, and was originally discovered and studied in insects.
I have found that many sayings that most of us take for granted, and never stop to consider where they originated, have actually been derived from truth and facts, in this case “chemistry” between two people. Where does that “chemistry” come from?
In 1956 the first pheromones were discovered in silkworm moths as being a sexual attractant, by a team of German researchers, who took 20 years to isolate it. They discovered that the male moth would wildly beat their wings when they were exposed to the slightest amount of a composite they found in the glands at the tip of the abdomen of female moths. They named the compound bombykol, after the Bombyx Mori silkworm moth. And it was discovered that it could attract male moths from as far as seven miles away, or more. In the 70’s pest control manufacturers began using pheromones in their pest controls to lure pesky insects into traps.
By the end of the 1970’s it became widely acknowledged that the female mammal gives off an emission that attracted males of the same species. However, it was the research of Dr. Winnifred Cutler, a biologist, who is well known for being an authority on the correlation between sexual behavior and hormones, and George Preti a chemist, who brought the fact that humans also produce and emit pheromones, into the limelight, and co-discovered pheromones in our armpits. But the results of their studies didn’t stop there. They also proved that, when some of the extracted pheromones were applied to the upper lip of humans, even after they have been frozen and then thawed over a year later, that humans would behave in much the same way as was found in nature. Studies have found that it in through our Vomeronasal organ within the nasal cavity that we are able to pick up the pheromones.
There are many studies that prove that men and women need each other. One example is the physical differences and the male and female brains, but then again, you’ll have to wait for another article for that information. Men and women by nature, need each other for their health.
Dr. Winnifred Cutler has been quoted as saying, “It’s remarkable. A very clear pattern has been emerging, and it confirms that a woman’s optimal reproductive health is a part of a finely tuned system and that a man, on a regular and sustained basis, is an essential part of it. It wasn’t clear until our most recent studies how important male essence really is, but now that we know this, it helps to explain our earlier findings. You might say that exposure to pheromones, is the essence of sex.” She also stated, “The exciting part is the effect we have on each other. Men are important to women.”
Pheromones, including underarm odors have been proven to affect a woman’s menstrual cycle. Studies have also shown that when a woman has sex with a man at least once a week has a better chance of having a normal menstrual cycle, along with fewer infertility problems. The decline in estrogen has been proven to be delayed by regular sex. The chemical component androstadienone of male sweat also affects women’s’ cortisol levels.
There are to many reports and studies to list them all, but on the other side of the coin, there has been Swedish research, that has shown that heterosexual and homosexual males’ brains, respond to pheromones differently, and that homosexual men responded in the same way as heterosexual women. The same held true for the response in women on the flip side.
We are always hearing more and more evidence that our sense of smell has a strong effect on our moods, and physically. Some calm, some stimulate, etc., thus the reason that aromatherapy has become so popular in our ever rising, stress filled lives.
So the next time you wonder why you are suddenly attracted to him or her, and you chalk it up to “Chemistry”, you know exactly how right you are! I think that it is also important to add that when you look nice, for example, it makes you feel better about yourself and you exhibit more confidence, so if you wear pheromones and believe that they make you an attraction magnet, you will display more confidence which in turn also helps to attract people and the opposite sex to you.
And the next time your lady fair rolls over claiming to “have a headache”, you can remind her that you are merely looking out for her health, and wellbeing.