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Article 2. Sex as we age

The Power of Scent

Ever wondered why some days you seem to be getting extra attention from the opposite sex, feel friendlier or have the ability to communicate better? Well studies have shown, it may not be your imagination. It seems at different times of the days/month we omit different scents and even though you may consider it body odour, included in this, are powerful scents that are part of sexual attraction and your ability to interact, called pheromones.

Did you know that humans, like many other animals, secrete odorless sexual attractant molecules known as pheromones? Pheromones are perceived though our sense of smell, often subconsciously, and processed by our limbic system—the part of our brain that remembers things the longest and is most often associated with memory. This why pheromones can have a powerful influence on others.

Pheromones influence human behavior in ways that are only now being discovered. Pheromones are secreted by glands in the armpits and pubic areas and are especially potent in women during ovulation. This explains why an ovulating woman can walk down the street dressed in sweatpants, wearing no make-up, and with dirty hair pulled back under a baseball cap, and still elicit a lot of attention! Yes, you remember 🙂

That’s all well and good if you’re still menstruating, but what about women who are no longer ovulating or who are skipping ovulations? Do they still make pheromones? To some extent, yes, but not at the level they once did. This is one of the reasons why some women—especially those past menopause—feel “invisible” to men. This is where pheromones, plus keeping the body as healthy as possible is able to change how your interact with your world and gives you the ability to create desire in your life. Attention, especially romantic attention, is good for your health. Remember we are human beings and require interactions with other humans for contented life.

So, what are pheromones? Pheromones are volatile, odorous substances which are released by one animal and detected by another, causing some sort of physiological reaction. These reactions can manifest themselves in a variety of different ways: some pheromones modulate sexual activity, some affect mood and behaviour, some play roles in territory marking, general attraction and bonding.

Mammals of all sorts use olfactory signals to indicate willingness to mate, define territory, mark their young, and signal aggressive intent.

Although humans generally rate olfaction as their least important sensory modality, we still spend billions of dollars, years of our life, and a considerable amount of effort to modify the way we smell (at least in industrialized countries). These efforts typically include scrubbing with deodorant soaps and scented shampoos, applying deodorants to those parts of our bodies we feel need deodorizing, and finally applying perfumes and sprays to replace those natural odors we just discarded down the shower drain. This points out an obvious contradiction: if olfaction is considered unimportant and possibly even obsolete, why do we work so hard to change the way we smell?

These odours are largely produced by the skin’s apocrine sebaceous glands, which develop during puberty and are usually associated with sweat glands and tufts of hair. These glands are located everywhere on the body surface, but tend to concentrate in six areas; axillae, nipples(both sexes), pubic/ genital and circumanal regions, lips, eyelids and outer ear

The first four of these regions are generally associated with varying amounts of hair growth, which makes perfect sense, as the extremely large/ thick surface area of hair is a very effective means of spreading an odor by evaporation. The fact that body hair and apocrine glands appear simultaneously at puberty is significant and suggests that body odor and its dispersal may be linked to sexual development.

The substances produced by these glands are relatively imperceptible by the human nose; what we smell when we detect skin odor is not the fresh glandular secretions but rather the bacterial breakdown products of these glandular secretions.

With regard to sexual attraction, what has been found, as a society, we now have an influx of deodorants and toxins, more women on the pill, women who have had ovarectomies, and post-menopausal women, they are relatively insensitive to these body scents. In one study is was found that a sensitivity to musk in women is critically defendant on the levels of estrogen in the blood: during ovulation, serum estrogen is at a peak, whereas serum levels of estrogen are low during menstruation, pregnancy, in post-menopausal women, women who have had ovarectomies, and birth-control pill users. Further, it is the action of progesterone which causes nasal congestion during menstruation and pregnancy, and might be responsible for the reduced sensitivity at these times.

Pheromones are primarily perceived through olfactory sensors, and studies suggest they are excreted by several areas of the body, including the skin, sweat glands, saliva, and urine.

Men secrete musky odorants in abundance. Only about 10 percent of men give off significant amounts of, a select pheromone that seems to give them what many call sex appeal. These men may not even look sexy yet through pheromone-release they send out powerful signals of attraction. Men primarily release androsterone through their skin and hair. And while both men and women excrete trace amounts of it through their urine, men excrete up to four times as much as women do. This particular pheromone, which is produced by the adrenal glands of both sexes, is also present in sweat under the armpits of both sexes. Researchers have found that women secrete at least one other attracting pheromone from their vagina. Studies of the vaginal secretions of sexually alluring women have demonstrated the presence of copulin, a pheromone which is mainly present in these fluids. The appearance of these chemicals appears to correlate with hormonal variations corresponding with changes in the female menstrual cycle.

What has been found when people use pheromones or reduce the use of deodorants and inhibitory substances, a wide range of benefits have been reported i.e. ease of interaction with both sexes, reduced anxiety, increased confidence in sexual attractiveness and working relationships, more romance and increased sense of well being.

What can be taken away from this is, anytime an individual had increased self esteem, all interactions will be more positive and lead to reduced stress and anxiety throughout life. The bottom line is we are incredibly influenced by scents, odours, perfumes, whether we are aware of it or not. It make sense that the healthier you are, the healthier the odour or pheromones being omitted from your body.

Would it make sense to assume then, if you are following a healthy lifestyle, you may produce more of the positive or healthy pheromones naturally? If your body is able to eliminate toxins efficiently then it seems there would be a reduction of excretion of bacteria and toxins via your skin. To encourage your body to produce a healthy scent I would suggest eliminating processes foods and artificial sweeteners, excessive alcohol and increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Encourage good elimination with regular bowel movements and plenty of filtered clean water. It would also makes sense to ensure your best detoxification organ is working efficiently and that would be your liver, which means you need an excellent liver supplement that contains, St Marys thistle, green tea, antioxidants and amino acids. As much as we look at living a healthy lifestyle to keep our body in shape on the outside, the depth of the positive effects on our lives goes much deeper and we are only beginning to understand the complexity of the human body .

In a nutshell, we are incredibly influenced unconsciously, by smell, so pheromones make a lot of sense to me. At the same time, we are also spiritual creatures who operate by the law of attraction—that which you are seeking is also seeking you. Feeling sexy, desirable, and turned on to life (regardless of your age) makes you a living, walking, virtual pheromone—attractive, happy, healthy and embracing all life experiences! Meaning you are living a life with Ageless Vitality.