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Male Perspiration Brightens Women's Moods - Study
Reuters ^ | 3/14/03

Posted on 03/14/2003 8:19:19 PM PST by LibWhacker

Fri March 14, 2003 01:14 PM ET PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Sweating it out over a big date this weekend? If you're a guy, that could be just the ticket, according to a human biology study released on Friday. Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania said they found male perspiration had a surprisingly beneficial effect on women's moods. It helps reduce stress, induces relaxation and even affects the menstrual cycle.

"This suggests there may be much more going on in social settings like singles' bars than meets the eye," said Charles Wysocki, an adjunct professor of animal biology at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.

In a study to be published in the journal Biology of Reproduction, researchers collected samples from the underarms of men who refrained from using deodorant for four weeks. The extracts were then blended and applied to the upper lips of 18 women, aged 25 to 45.

The women rated their moods on a fixed scale for a period of six hours. The findings suggested something in the perspiration brightened their moods and helped them feel less tense. Blood analyzes also showed a rise in levels of the reproductive luteinizing hormone that typically surge before ovulation.

Wysocki, a study co-author, said the research could point to a "chemical communication" subtext between the sexes that enables men and women to coordinate their reproductive efforts subliminally.

There was no sign women were sexually aroused by male perspiration. In fact, the women never suspected they had men's sweat under their noses and believed they were helping to test alcohol, perfume or lemon floor wax.

"The study was done in quite a sterile environment. It's not strange that they were not thinking sexual thoughts," said Wysocki. "In a more sensual setting, exposure to these odors might facilitate the emergence of sexual mood or feelings."

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers said the study could lead to new fertility therapies and treatments for premenstrual syndrome if the active agent in male perspiration could be isolated.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: perspiration; sweat

1 posted on 03/14/2003 8:19:19 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
It's just that we feel so turned on when we realize he finally cleared out the garage, carried out the trash, and mowed the grass. We catch a brief whiff of that "male perspiration" on his way to the shower, and we look forward to him emerging squeaky clean and ready for romance.

LOL
2 posted on 03/14/2003 8:21:39 PM PST by seams2me ("if they pass the reading test, it means they learned to read" GWB 1/8/03)
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To: LibWhacker
Your tax dollars at work!
3 posted on 03/14/2003 8:24:21 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: seams2me
It's just that we feel so turned on when we realize he finally cleared out the garage,

Yup nothing sexier than a completed "honey-do" list!

4 posted on 03/14/2003 8:24:25 PM PST by apackof2 (Our answer, RALLY FOR AMERICA)
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To: seams2me
"...male perspiration had a surprisingly beneficial effect on women's moods.

You beat me to it. I read that and I was thinking, "Yeah, we associate it with yard work."

5 posted on 03/14/2003 8:24:44 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: seams2me
ROFLMAO
6 posted on 03/14/2003 8:25:30 PM PST by Samwise
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To: LibWhacker
U of Penn study on French citizens, right?
7 posted on 03/14/2003 8:27:08 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: LibWhacker
researchers collected samples from the underarms of men who refrained from using deodorant for four weeks.

So homeless guys should be getting all the dates.

8 posted on 03/14/2003 8:27:11 PM PST by Right Brother
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To: LibWhacker
There was no sign women were sexually aroused by male perspiration. In fact, the women never suspected they had men's sweat under their noses and believed they were helping to test alcohol, perfume or lemon floor wax.

In an adjacent experiment with human excrement, the women believed they were helping to test Baby Ruth bars and lemon Gatorade.

Too absurd!

9 posted on 03/14/2003 8:28:16 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: LibWhacker
But men's flatulence takes them right down again.
10 posted on 03/14/2003 8:29:08 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: Illbay
oh, you are SO right. That flatulence thing will do it everytime.

Wonder what the ages were included in the study. There is nothing more nauseating than the armpits of my 16 year old son.

GAAAAAAGGGHHHHHHHHH
11 posted on 03/14/2003 8:31:26 PM PST by seams2me ("if they pass the reading test, it means they learned to read" GWB 1/8/03)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Yard work, house work, any kind of work in fact. :-)
12 posted on 03/14/2003 8:31:58 PM PST by seams2me ("if they pass the reading test, it means they learned to read" GWB 1/8/03)
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To: apackof2
COMPLETED honey do list?????

I'm still hoping for a good START. :-)
13 posted on 03/14/2003 8:32:21 PM PST by seams2me ("if they pass the reading test, it means they learned to read" GWB 1/8/03)
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To: Right Brother
well....the study says they didn't use deodorant, it didn't say they weren't allowed to BATHE.

A clean man actually smells really good........and a little sweat just shows he's been busy making the world a nicer place for the women and kids.

14 posted on 03/14/2003 8:34:17 PM PST by seams2me ("if they pass the reading test, it means they learned to read" GWB 1/8/03)
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To: LibWhacker
and even affects the menstrual cycle.

Great! Now there's another thing that they can blame on us!

15 posted on 03/14/2003 8:38:37 PM PST by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: LibWhacker
"The extracts were then blended and applied to the upper lips of 18 women, aged 25 to 45."

No word yet on the relaxation effect of women extract on the upper lips of men.

16 posted on 03/14/2003 8:39:48 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: seams2me
MMmmmm.... I love the smell of yard work in the morning! Nothing like the sensuous Saturday morning purr of the lawn mower... the sweet scent of oil on a man who's just fixed your car... come on, honey, do the little dance wearing nothing but a tool belt and a few strategically placed Home Depot receipts.... oh, baby.... is that a streak of trim paint on your hip?? ROWR!!
17 posted on 03/14/2003 8:42:55 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: LibWhacker
If I walk in the house sweaty, my wife simply points toward the bathroom...
18 posted on 03/14/2003 8:44:09 PM PST by mhking (Fasten your seatbelts....We're goin' in!)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
For the woman who loves the smell of body odor in the morning...

"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

If you want on or off this list, please let me know!

19 posted on 03/14/2003 8:44:46 PM PST by mhking (Fasten your seatbelts....We're goin' in!)
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To: Orangedog
Great! Now there's another thing that they can blame on us!

Like we needed a study...

20 posted on 03/14/2003 8:45:28 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: LibWhacker
Interesting title to this thread. A sweaty Mel Gibson would definitely brighten my mood anytime.
21 posted on 03/14/2003 8:47:28 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("Run free, Samurai Jack")
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To: seams2me
cleared out the garage, carried out the trash, and mowed the grass.

How do couch potatoes smell?

22 posted on 03/14/2003 8:47:49 PM PST by FITZ
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To: A_perfect_lady
Speak for yourself, lady. Purring lawnmowers wake some of us up in the morning.

Guys, take a shower. Natural, but not eye-watering, scents are okay, but soap has it's good points.
23 posted on 03/14/2003 8:47:53 PM PST by Desdemona
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If the above makes anybody hot, it's time to put a shotgun in your mouth.

24 posted on 03/14/2003 8:52:42 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Desdemona
Well, when I say "morning," I do mean a civilized hour.

Not before 10:00am, say.

25 posted on 03/14/2003 8:54:18 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: hole_n_one
You owe me 1/3 of a beer and a new keyboard.
26 posted on 03/14/2003 8:56:41 PM PST by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: LibWhacker
Well, duh. Is this supposed to be a surprise? Back when I was doing neuropharm/neurophysiology it was pretty much a given among the physical anthro workers that the reason we had evolved armpit hair was to trap smell so that we could recognize and react to one another. If I recall correctly somebody had also isolated a substance called alpha-androstenol from the urine, nipples, and armpits of men, and female vomeronasal organs were supposed to respond to it, though darned if I can find the citation for that. I always just assumed that that's why we like to sniff around in men's chest hair.

I man who is basically clean but hasn't had a bath in the past several hours, and is healthy, smells great. It's a guy's smell we bond to more than his appearance.

27 posted on 03/14/2003 9:08:55 PM PST by Capriole (Foi vainquera)
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To: Capriole
A man who is basically clean but hasn't had a bath in the past several hours, and is healthy, smells great.

Very true. It's the ripeness that doesn't appeal.
28 posted on 03/14/2003 9:13:39 PM PST by Desdemona
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To: Senator Goldwater
Relaxation????

That's not the reaction I associate with (fresh) female aromas.

(donning anti-flame suit)
29 posted on 03/14/2003 9:17:44 PM PST by Ronin
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To: mhking
they found male perspiration had a surprisingly beneficial effect on women's moods.

It all depends on what causes the perspiration. I can think of a couple of ways it would be beneficial to my moods.

30 posted on 03/14/2003 9:42:32 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: LibWhacker

Women crave my essence. I deny it to them.

31 posted on 03/14/2003 10:03:11 PM PST by glorgau
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To: LibWhacker
Maybe there is something to the ancient practice of athletes/gladiators oiling themeselves, then scraping off the oil and sweat with a strigile. The oil was then sold to wealthy ladies.
32 posted on 03/14/2003 11:31:02 PM PST by marsh2
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To: mhking
If I walk in the house sweaty, my wife simply points toward the bathroom

I like that woman! Body odor sure doesn't turn me on. Yuck!
33 posted on 03/15/2003 1:22:09 AM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: marsh2
A prime part of a bath for all the well-to-do in ancient Rome was pouring olive oil on and scraping it off with a strigil. Knowing that the gladiators were the movie stars of their day, I can imagine the ladies getting that used oil (although it's a yucky idea). Apparently this theory about male sweat was already proven two thousand years ago! (I always wondered how that helped get people clean - then realized I had just bought a fancy soap, the main ingredient of which is olive oil.)
34 posted on 03/15/2003 5:44:46 AM PST by Moonmad27 ("Run free, Samurai Jack")
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To: LibWhacker
then why after my run does my wife refuse to touch me until I have showered
35 posted on 03/15/2003 5:47:25 AM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Ronin
"Relaxation???? That's not the reaction I associate with (fresh) female aromas."

Me, either. But I am perfectly willing to be on their test panel.

36 posted on 03/15/2003 5:49:53 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Illbay
But men's flatulence takes them right down again.

That's a "pride thing"...

37 posted on 03/15/2003 5:54:00 AM PST by ErnBatavia (u)
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To: LibWhacker
Glad to see that such respected journal as The Journal Biology of Reproduction publishes results gained through such rigorous scientific controls.

Your tax dollars indeed.
38 posted on 03/15/2003 5:57:30 AM PST by wolf24
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To: LibWhacker
It helps reduce stress, induces relaxation and even affects the menstrual cycle.

Must be why I like going to the gym.

39 posted on 03/15/2003 6:02:26 AM PST by muggs
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To: LibWhacker
I can't post a picture, but check this out. These ladies must be some of the happiest, relaxed women around.

http://www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh/yourturn/yt15.htm

40 posted on 03/15/2003 6:06:25 AM PST by muggs
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