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January 26, 2005

Pheromone spray ups post-menopausal romance

Topics: Health Issues

A current review of the present evidence of the effect of human pheromones conducted by a research group at the University of Vienna indicates that humans seem to use olfactory communication and are even able to produce and perceive certain pheromones; further, recent studies have found that pheromones may play an important role in the behavioural and reproduction biology of humans.

- ABC News online (Australia)
A scent exuded by young women as a subconscious sex attractant has been synthesised for post-menopausal women, the British weekly New Scientist says. (link added)

Forty-four women took part in an experiment to see whether the pheromone - an odour received by heterosexual men as a sign of mating availability - worked for females beyond child bearing age.

Half the group added a chemical copy of the pheromone to their perfume, while the others added a lookalike dummy compound.

None of the participants knew whether they were getting the real ingredient or the fake.

For the next six weeks, the women kept diaries.

Among the pheromone users, 41 per cent reported they experienced more petting, kissing and affection with partners. Only 14 per cent among the placebo group experienced the same thing.

Overall, 68 per cent of the pheromone group reported increases in acts such as sex and formal dates.

In the placebo group, only 41 per cent reported increases.

The report, carried in next Saturday's New Scientist, is based on a study in a specialist publication, The Journal of Sex Research.

The research was carried out by Harvard University's Joan Friebely and Massachusetts doctor Susan Rako.

What exactly is in the chemical is secret for the time being.

The pheromone's discoverer, biologist Winnifred Cutler, is keeping its identity confidential until patents have been granted for her organisation, the Athena Institute for Women's Wellness Research in Chester Springs in Pennsylvania.

Posted by Hyscience at January 26, 2005 9:23 PM

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