Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Smell & Attraction

I've written before about my strong sense of smell. Today, a study was released that proves women have a stronger sense of smell than men.

Women's noses can penetrate fancy colognes and detect male body odor, but men don't have the same ability, say U.S. researchers. And they speculate that women may be more sensitive to biologically relevant information in sweat that might, in fact, help them select a mate. Read more.

And in another study I read about last year, oral contraception skewed women's hormones and altered the type of male scent women find most attractive. Basically, the contraceptive Pill could also be responsible for skewing their hormones and attracting them to the “wrong” partner.

A study by British scientists suggests that taking the Pill can change a woman’s taste in men — to those who are genetically less compatible. The research found that the Pill can alter the type of male scent that women find most attractive, which may in turn affect the kind of men they choose as partners. Read more.

Third, my mom gave me a heads up to a recent Oprah show that in part talked about how men are more attracted to women who ovulate, which you obviously don't do if you're on the Pill.

Karl Grammer and Elizabeth Oberzaucher are leading the research on the human scent's influence on sexual attraction. They've found that when women are ovulating, they produce copulins, a scent that attracts men. The researchers believe when a man gets a whiff of copulins, his testosterone levels rise. As a result, he secretes androstenone, an odor that repels women who aren't ovulating. Read more.

My conclusion? I may not be attracting the right men, or be attracted to the right men, if I'm on the Pill. Maybe THAT'S why I chose some of the oh-so-obviously wrong men in my past! I realize it's probably more complicated than that, but hormones are powerful forces. And choosing a different form of birth control is a lot easier than months of counselling! (which I've also done.)


Vetmommy said...


Irish Parisienne said...

Not sure.. I read something like this years ago .... so went off the pill... still no luck meeting anyone decent and resulted in a stressful time re birth control!!

EdamameMommy said...

Desperado...why don't you come to your senses, you been out riding fences for so long now. Oh you're a hard one, but I know that you've got your reasons....you gotta let somebody love you before it's too late. Don't know why but this post put this song in my head!

I am all for you going off the pill. I think it is nutso that we put a steady stream of hormone altering chemicals in our bodies that have such a profound effect on the way our bodies function. The pill certainly has it's place in women's lib, but it isn't the only way now.

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Steph.