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What Role Do Pheromones Really Play in Your Sex Life?
When it comes to romance and attraction, there is certainly more at play than we are consciously aware of. Though of course we can make the conscious decision of whom we prefer to partner with romantically, there are often times where we feel an “indescribable” connection to someone, feeling more or less unable to describe how or why this connection stands out so strongly amongst the rest. Once we get into a long-term relationship, there is more at play in our sex lives as well. All of this mystery is based on a natural chemical produced by our bodies, which acts as a communication channel not seen or heard but certainly picked up by the opposite sex: pheromones. So what role do pheromones really play in our sex lives?
Pheromones on Initial Sexual Attraction
Though pheromones aren’t seen or heard, they are picked up by another sense: the olfactory glands – the nose – in humans. Though the sense of smell in humans has been underestimated in scientific studies for years, we are beginning to see that our noses have been going to work for us, we just weren’t aware of it.
Like perfume, pheromones are detected through our sense of smell, but unlike perfume, pheromones are not consciously noted. Instead, pheromones act as a subtle cue to other humans as to a woman’s sexual attractiveness and fertility, and vise versa. Though it isn’t known to someone of the opposite sex at the time, pheromones of a possible mate actually affect their brains and cause them to fulfill different behaviours and responses.
Pheromones on Unconsciously Picking a Mate
Strangely enough, there has also been a correlation found when it comes to pheromones and attracting a mate. Though we can all think consciously about what kind of a mate we are attracted to, and what he or she looks like, the ultimate attraction might just be out of our control. Pheromones essentially reflect our genetic makeup, and the ‘indescribable’ attraction comes into play when we encounter someone with a genetic makeup that is opposite to our own. This ensures the genetic diversity of the offspring, ensuring the chances for their survival are significantly increased. On a primal level, this is also said to ensure the mating between two humans that are biologically related doesn’t occur.
Pheromones on Reproduction
Our ‘odorprint’ or the exact cocktail of pheromones we each possess is unique to us, and is unlikely to be replicated by another human except for in the case of identical twins. Also, the more fertile a woman is, the higher her pheromone levels and sensitivity to detect pheromones in the opposite sex. The opposite effect can be seen in women taking oral contraceptives, suggesting that reproduction is a huge component of attraction through pheromones. Coincidentally, or perhaps not so, olfactory sensitivity in females is moderated by the menstrual cycle and is most sensitive at the peak of ovulation, and the specific scent of female pheromones is changed at these times as well. It has also been suggested that men may be able to note when a woman is most fertile based on the attractiveness of her pheromones during these times.
Whether we’d like to believe it or not, there are plenty of reasons why we can agree that there’s more at play when it comes to our sex lives. So if you’re struggling to understand why you have such a strong connection and physical attraction to a particular partner over another, it might just be something that is happening unconsciously. It might be the pheromones at work, which is attracting a mate that is compatible to you on a much deeper level than your heart. It could just be biology!