Skip to comments.For women, nothing's like the smell of men's sweat
Posted on 02/08/2007 5:54:02 PM PST by melt
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For women, apparently there's nothing like the smell of a man's sweat.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said women who sniffed a chemical found in male sweat experienced elevated levels of an important hormone, along with higher sexual arousal, faster heart rate and other effects.
They said the study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, represents the first direct evidence that people secrete a scent that influences the hormones of the opposite sex.
The study focused on androstadienone, considered a male chemical signal. Previous research had established that a whiff of it affected women's mood, sexual and physiological arousal and brain activation. Its impact on hormones was less clear.
A derivative of testosterone, it is found in male sweat as well as in saliva and semen. It smells somewhat musky.
"It really tells us that a lot of things can be triggered by smelling sweat," Claire Wyart, who led the study, said in an interview on Wednesday.
The researchers measured levels of the hormone cortisol in the saliva of 48 female undergraduates at Berkeley, average age of about 21, after the women took 20 sniffs from a jar of androstadienone. Cortisol is secreted by the body to help maintain proper arousal and sense of well-being, respond to stress and other functions.
Cortisol levels in the women who smelled androstadienone shot up within roughly 15 minutes and stayed elevated for up to an hour. Consistent with previous research, the women also reported improved mood, higher sexual arousal, and had increased blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
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All the science is in. The debate is over. Women like "Global Warming".
I rest my case.
Now, a good cologne that's had a chance to warm with body heat........THAT'S HOT.
Street bums must be making out like bandits!
Hey, the thread came back. Let's see if it lasts this time.
Neil Young wrote a song called "Cinnamon Girl" and I'm wondering if it's about how some women smell like cinnamon. I don't think it's any type of perfume they use either. But that cinnamon smell is pretty attractive, I think.
You have to wonder who actually volunteered to study this.
Gotta be a ping for this one
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