Men Love the Smell of Ovulation

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 10:01
Submitted by Carlin Ross

There's no need to spend thousands of dollars on the right fragrance.  According to new research, men find your scent the most compelling and the most pleasant when you're ovulating. 

Psychological scientists Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner of Florida State University had women wear T-shirts for three nights during various phases of their menstrual cycles.Male volunteers smelled one of the T-shirts that had been worn by a female participant. Some of the male volunteers smelled control T-shirts that had not been worn by anyone.

Saliva samples for testosterone analysis were collected before and after the men smelled the shirts.

The study, published in the Psychological Science, reveals that men who smelled T-shirts of ovulating women subsequently had higher levels of testosterone than men who smelled the T-shirts worn by non-ovulating women or men who smelled the control shirts.

As someone who's been on the pill for the last several years, I wonder how not ovulating affects the mating process.  Could birth control be saving me from unwanted advances?  I guess I just don't smell as good.....thank you, camlawnman for the link.  This research puts a whole new spin on olfactophilia.

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Sun, 01/17/2010 - 14:15
VirginMonoblogger (not verified)

Dr. Christiane Northrup says waitresses report their highest tips while they're ovulating, lol. And, for what it's worth, while I was on the pill, I don't think I ever had an anovulatory cycle. My gynecologist was going to give me a pill that, as she put it, "completely shuts down ovulation." I know that's what the pill is supposed to do, lol, but the next pill she prescribed sucked even harder, so I said fuck it. It's possible that, every so often, your body is ovulating (but you don't notice it) even while you're on the pill.