How Your Sense Of Smell Shapes Your Sexual Experiences

How Your Sense Of Smell Shapes Your Sexual Experiences

It’s hardly a new revelation that our sense of smell plays an important role in our sexual and romantic lives. I mean, after all, the multi-billion dollar perfume, cologne, and deodorant industries are founded on the premise that smelling good is one of the keys to finding—and keeping—a relationship partner. The role our nostrils play in our sex lives appears to go much deeper than this, though. Smells don’t just have the potential to shape who we find to be attractive, but also how we experience sex itself.

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Video: The Smelly Mystery Of The Human Pheromone

Video: The Smelly Mystery Of The Human Pheromone

How much do we really know about human pheromones? Not quite as much as the ever-growing number of bottled pheromone peddlers would have you believe. Indeed, it turns out that the scientific study of pheromones is rather complicated. In this TED talk, Dr. Tristram Wyatt explores what we do and don't know about human pheromones. Although he's convinced that humans do indeed have pheromones, he argues that we need to look at the published research in this area with a certain amount of caution and perhaps rethink our approach to studying pheromones in the future. Dr. Wyatt's analysis of this topic is absolutely fascinating and after watching this video, you'll walk away with a greater appreciation for the diverse set of roles that pheromones can play (hint: they go well beyond attraction and mating), not to mention the vast implications that pheromone research might ultimately have for human life.

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The Science Of Attraction (VIDEO)

The Science Of Attraction (VIDEO)

There are numerous factors that help determine why we develop attraction to some people and not others. However, what we're going to focus on here is the role that the five senses play in attraction. As it turns out, the way our brain combines and interprets sensory input from all of these sources at any given moment can have a big effect on who we become attracted to. Attraction depends not just on the way another person looks, but also how that person smells, how their mouth tastes, the pitch of their voice, and so forth. The video below will walk you through the role that each of the senses play in attraction and describe some particularly fascinating supporting studies along the way.

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Sex Question Friday: Sexting, Pheromones, and Asexuality

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week, we're talking about the frequency of sexting, the effect of pheromones on sexual attraction, and how many people are asexual.

How common is “sexting” in our generation?

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Men Who Lack A Sense Of Smell Have Fewer Sexual Partners

Our sense of smell has long been known to play an important role in sexual attraction. Indeed, the multi-billion dollar perfume, cologne, and deodorant industries are founded on the premise that smelling good is one of the keys to finding and maintaining a relationship partner. However, those artificial scents aren’t the only thing driving attraction. More and more research suggests that human beings subtly communicate with one another through pheromones, chemicals naturally secreted by the body that can be picked up through our noses. As some particularly compelling evidence of the importance of having a functional set of nostrils, a new study reveals that lacking a sense of smell appears to have implications for one’s sex life.
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Fact Check: Do Pheromones Really Exist in Humans?

Everyone knows that pheromones exist in animals. For example, if you’ve ever been around a female dog while she’s in heat, you have probably seen and heard all of the male dogs that live on the block going crazy. But do pheromones also exist in humans? Over the past few decades, scientists have come to the conclusion that humans do indeed secrete pheromones through sweat glands around the armpits and genitals, and these scents appear to have implications for our sexual behavior. In this article, we’ll explore just a few of the ways that our sense of smell may be affecting our sex lives.
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