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Woman's Scent Can Lure Or Repel
BBC ^ | 1-15-2006

Posted on 01/15/2006 4:51:09 PM PST by blam

Woman's scent can lure or repel

Men said the women's odour was most intense during menstruation

A woman's body odour can help her attract men when she is at her most fertile and repel them when she is not, scientists have said. According to a report in the journal Ethology, when a woman is at the most fertile part of the menstrual cycle her armpit odour is at its mildest.

But when she is having a period, and not ready for pregnancy, the smell changes to an acute, repellent odour.

The researchers studied 12 women who wore armpit pads for 24 hours a day.

A number of primate species display changes during their fertile period, but the majority of scientists believed that this was not the case with humans.

Subconscious cue

The 12 women were restricted from eating certain foods and from using deodorant or hormonal contraceptive.

They provided odour samples on the armpit pads, which were then presented to 42 men, who sniffed them and assessed the attractiveness of the scent.

"Axillary odour from women in the follicular phase was rated as the most attractive and least intense," the study's leader Dr Jan Havlicek, from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, said.

"The results suggest that body odour can be used by men as a cue to the fertile period in current or prospective sexual partners," he added.

A previous study by the same team suggested that women subconsciously prefer the aroma of dominant men when they are at the most fertile stage of the menstrual cycle.

Then the researchers asked 48 men to assess how dominant they felt.

The men then wore cotton pads in their armpits for 24 hours, which were subsequently presented to 65 women.

Those who were ovulating rated the "dominant" men as sexiest, but there was no similar pattern among women at other stages of their menstrual cycle.


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1 posted on 01/15/2006 4:51:10 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Common sense.

Women smell like heaven (when their friend aint visiting). Men smell like apes.

2 posted on 01/15/2006 4:52:19 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: blam

And all this time, I thought it was just a dog thing...


3 posted on 01/15/2006 4:52:26 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: blam
They provided odour samples on the armpit pads, which were then presented to 42 men, who sniffed them and assessed the attractiveness of the scent.

That there's some brave men.
4 posted on 01/15/2006 4:53:00 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: blam
Dominant Men 'Smell Attractive'
5 posted on 01/15/2006 4:53:14 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
They provided odour samples on the armpit pads, which were then presented to 42 men, who sniffed them and assessed the attractiveness of the scent.

Um....
6 posted on 01/15/2006 4:54:29 PM PST by farmer18th ("The fool says in his heart there is no God.")
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To: blam

Repel!


7 posted on 01/15/2006 4:54:41 PM PST by CurlyBill (Democratic Party = Surrender Party)
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To: Clemenza

Testing!

8 posted on 01/15/2006 4:55:40 PM PST by Cagey
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To: CurlyBill

Crap ! You beat me to posting it's picture ! :-P


9 posted on 01/15/2006 4:56:44 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: blam

I've found the scent which best attracts women is the odor of the "One Karat Diamond..."


10 posted on 01/15/2006 4:57:17 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: Snardius; peacebaby

>>ping<<


11 posted on 01/15/2006 4:58:00 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: Clemenza
Men smell like apes.
And the French (men and women), smell like garbage.
12 posted on 01/15/2006 4:58:03 PM PST by samtheman
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To: blam

13 posted on 01/15/2006 4:58:19 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: blam

"who sniffed them and assessed the attractiveness of the scent."

I'm trying to think how much you'd have to pay me to do that........


14 posted on 01/15/2006 4:59:05 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: blam
They provided odour samples on the armpit pads, which were then presented to 42 men, who sniffed them and assessed the attractiveness of the scent.

What the...?I must be missing something here.

15 posted on 01/15/2006 4:59:15 PM PST by carlr
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To: blam

Dominent men were designated by refusal to sniff armpit pads.


16 posted on 01/15/2006 5:00:47 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It's a dish.......


17 posted on 01/15/2006 5:03:45 PM PST by mosquewatch.com ("The enemy is anyone who will get you killed, no matter what side they are on.")
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To: Snardius
I've found the scent which best attracts women is the odor of the "One Karat Diamond..."

And she says those THREE MAGIC WORDS.


"Lock The Door".

18 posted on 01/15/2006 5:06:00 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: Xenalyte
The men then wore cotton pads in their armpits for 24 hours, which were subsequently presented to 65 women.

What about these women? Equally brave, IMHO!

19 posted on 01/15/2006 5:06:27 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Snardius

***I've found the scent which best attracts women is the odor of the "One Karat Diamond..."***

Too many Playboy cartoons jump into my mind!
A beautiful girl wears a big diamond and says to her friend
"This is the famous HOPE diamond!:" then pointing to an ugly short man, "And this is the curse that goes with it!"

Or
A short bald fat man sets at a bar talking to a sweet young thing He says, " I'm not really this tall. I'm setting on my wallet!"


20 posted on 01/15/2006 5:07:28 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Snardius

Okay I'll go out on the limb here and say that
I like the scent of my husband. I like his sweat scent too, it turns me on. Both of us use Mitchems so we don't have a problem really.


21 posted on 01/15/2006 5:08:38 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
A short bald fat man sets at a bar...

Hey, why does it always have to he a short, fat, BALD man?

22 posted on 01/15/2006 5:09:27 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

no deordorant? yep,that would repel me


23 posted on 01/15/2006 5:11:09 PM PST by buckman10_2000
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To: peacebaby
Okay I'll go out on the limb here and say that I like the scent of my husband.

Too much information....[sawing rapidly through the limb]

24 posted on 01/15/2006 5:11:24 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: Snardius

don't take it personally, kiddo. A lot of us women like bald men.


25 posted on 01/15/2006 5:11:44 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: blam

Now I wonder how exactly a man can smell "dominant"? And how smelling a woman's armpit sweat can ever be attractive?


26 posted on 01/15/2006 5:12:12 PM PST by Firefigher NC (You light ‘em, we fight ‘em!)
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To: Snardius

Get off me, Snardius.
giggle


27 posted on 01/15/2006 5:12:58 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: Snardius

Because men tear their hair out wondering why they wound up short and fat


28 posted on 01/15/2006 5:13:16 PM PST by Tall_Texan (TEXAS LONGHORNS - 2005 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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To: peacebaby

Those Pine Tree car scent things work well. Just weave the string into your pit hair.


29 posted on 01/15/2006 5:13:22 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

From "Diamonds are Forever";


PO- "I'm Plenty."

Bond- "But of course you are"

PO- "Plenty O' Toole"

Bond- "Named after your father perhaps"


30 posted on 01/15/2006 5:13:23 PM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Snardius

[sawing rapidly through the limb]

LoL


31 posted on 01/15/2006 5:13:55 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Tall_Texan
Because men tear their hair out wondering why they wound up short and fat

Actually, a receding hairline is caused by thigh-wear which is worsened by repeated contact with the headboard.

32 posted on 01/15/2006 5:16:30 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: Westlander

are you kidding? I have no armpit hair. I take care of it all.

What do you think I am?


33 posted on 01/15/2006 5:17:12 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: blam

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade - Unavailable for comment.

34 posted on 01/15/2006 5:18:28 PM PST by Theophilus
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To: Snardius
Hey, why does it always have to he a short, fat, BALD man?...SNORT! LOL! :D
35 posted on 01/15/2006 5:19:05 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Some comic said that the new DeBeer's slogan is, "Diamonds-Render her speechless".
He added, "Why don't they just come on out and say it? "Diamonds- That'll shut her up."
36 posted on 01/15/2006 5:19:06 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: Snardius

"Actually, a receding hairline is caused by thigh-wear which is worsened by repeated contact with the headboard."

You can say that will all confidence. Don't gloat, my dear.


37 posted on 01/15/2006 5:19:10 PM PST by peacebaby (Good morning heartache, if you're gonna stay, you gotta get a job, I've got bills to pay.)
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To: headstamp

***Bond- "Named after your father perhaps"***

I hope it wasn't B.O. Plenty from the Dick Tracy comic strip!


38 posted on 01/15/2006 5:20:00 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: headstamp

Would that mean that 'Peter O'Toole' had two daddies? :~0


39 posted on 01/15/2006 5:21:33 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: perfect stranger
"Diamonds- That'll shut her up."

Or...Diamonds, because you thought oral sex was worth $5000...

40 posted on 01/15/2006 5:22:15 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: headstamp

Would that mean that 'Peter o'Toole' had two daddies?


41 posted on 01/15/2006 5:22:46 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: blam

I remember when I was a little boy, every time my Mother would hug me, she always smelled so good. I have often wondered is it is something genetic, or maybe she just smelled good.


42 posted on 01/15/2006 5:23:17 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Snardius

'Bite them on the spine'?


43 posted on 01/15/2006 5:24:53 PM PST by perfect stranger
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'Bite them on the spine'?

Not my quote...I heard it in a bar...from a short, fat, bald guy...

44 posted on 01/15/2006 5:27:37 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: blam
And then there are pheromones or do you have a stinky winkie???

Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality.

BTW did you know that a hunter bee can smell a flower from distances of over a mile? Once a flower patch is found they can lead the worker bees, who collect the pollen, by using their extremely sensitive sense of smell. But that's another story.

45 posted on 01/15/2006 5:29:35 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: TADSLOS
And all this time, I thought it was just a dog thing...

Dogs prefer to sniff an area quite a bit different than an armpit.

Nam Vet

46 posted on 01/15/2006 5:30:56 PM PST by Nam Vet (The Democrat Party of America is perfectly P.C. * .(* P.C. = Patriotically Challenged)
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To: blam

I could make a fortune selling a laundry soap with the smell of menstrual cycle sweat to wash your teen age daughters clothes in. And a second fortune selling some that smelled like dominate men to combat it.


47 posted on 01/15/2006 5:32:03 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Snardius
I've found the scent which best attracts women is the odor of the "One Karat Diamond..."

And the odor that most turns a woman's sex drive cold is wedding cake.

Nam Vet

48 posted on 01/15/2006 5:33:14 PM PST by Nam Vet (The Democrat Party of America is perfectly P.C. * .(* P.C. = Patriotically Challenged)
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To: peacebaby

'I take care of it all'

Let me dream on that one ;-)


49 posted on 01/15/2006 5:37:41 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Clemenza


Just a sec,as I ask

Tony the Tuna what the odor smells like.


50 posted on 01/15/2006 5:38:00 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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