Scent of a woman: Fer­tile ladies smell bet­ter to men

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Eq -

NEW RE­SEARCH sug­gests there is no per­fume a man loves more than the scent of a fer­tile woman. Re­searchers in Switzer­land de­ter­mined that women who are the “fittest” for re­pro­duc­tion have a dis­tinc­tive scent that makes them par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing to men. “Women with high oe­stro­gen and low pro­ges­terone lev­els are most at­trac­tive to men in an ol­fac­tory sense,” said study leader Daria Knoch, from the so­cial psy­chol­ogy and so­cial neu­ro­science de­part­ment at the Univer­sity of Bern.

Knoch added that these hor­mone lev­els sig­nal high fer­til­ity, sug­gest­ing that men are more at­tracted to women who can re­pro­duce suc­cess­fully. The study in­volved 28 women and 57 men. The women were asked to fol­low strict guide­lines to iso­late their scent and min­imise any out­side in­flu­ence from things like de­ter­gents, soaps, al­co­hol or spicy foods. The women were also told to avoid hor­monal con­tra­cep­tives, to sleep alone and use un­scented prod­ucts dur­ing the study pe­riod. When the women were most fer­tile, they col­lected their scent overnight by plac­ing cot­ton pads in their armpits. The men in­cluded in the study were asked to sniff these cot­ton pads in a lab and rate their smell on a scale of 0 to 100. The re­searchers also col­lected saliva sam­ples from the women to mea­sure their hor­mone lev­els. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors also con­sid­ered other fac­tors that could in­flu­ence a woman’s scent, in­clud­ing the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol and genes that af­fect the im­mune sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to study au­thor Janek Lob­maier, “Sev­eral stud­ies pos­tu­late that the choice of a part­ner is based on the man and woman hav­ing a dif­fer­ent im­mune sys­tem, so that chil­dren are given the best pos­si­ble de­fence against pathogens from birth.” Lob­maier is with the so­cial psy­chol­ogy and so­cial neu­ro­science de­part­ment at Bern.

The find­ings showed that only re­pro­duc­tive hor­mones af­fected the at­trac­tive­ness of the fe­male scent. “Re­pro­duc­tive hor­mones are in­di­ca­tors of a woman’s fer­til­ity. And the higher their lev­els are, the more at­trac­tive the woman is to men,” Lob­maier said in a univer­sity news re­lease. The study au­thors pointed out that pre­vi­ous re­search has also shown that oe­stro­gen has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on how vis­ually at­trac­tive women are to men.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.