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Donger
02-09-2007, 12:00 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/08/men.sweat.reut/index.html

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For women, apparently there's nothing like the smell of a man's sweat.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said women who sniffed a chemical found in male sweat experienced elevated levels of an important hormone, along with higher sexual arousal, faster heart rate and other effects.

They said the study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, represents the first direct evidence that people secrete a scent that influences the hormones of the opposite sex.

The study focused on androstadienone, considered a male chemical signal. Previous research had established that a whiff of it affected women's mood, sexual and physiological arousal and brain activation. Its impact on hormones was less clear.

A derivative of testosterone, it is found in male sweat as well as in saliva and semen. It smells somewhat musky.

"It really tells us that a lot of things can be triggered by smelling sweat," Claire Wyart, who led the study, said in an interview on Wednesday.

The researchers measured levels of the hormone cortisol in the saliva of 48 female undergraduates at Berkeley, average age of about 21, after the women took 20 sniffs from a jar of androstadienone. Cortisol is secreted by the body to help maintain proper arousal and sense of well-being, respond to stress and other functions.

Cortisol levels in the women who smelled androstadienone shot up within roughly 15 minutes and stayed elevated for up to an hour. Consistent with previous research, the women also reported improved mood, higher sexual arousal, and had increased blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.

Yeast, not so much

For comparison's sake, women also smelled baking yeast, which did not trigger the same effects.

This was the first time that smelling a specific chemical secreted by people was shown to affect hormonal levels, the researchers said. The women had no skin contact with androstadienone.

The researchers used only heterosexual women in the study out of concern that homosexual women may respond differently to this male chemical.

Wyart said while this marked the first time a specific component of male sweat was demonstrated to influence women's hormones, other components of sweat may do similar things.

The study did not determine whether the increase in cortisol levels triggered mood or arousal changes or whether those changes themselves caused the cortisol elevation.

The researchers also said their findings suggest a better way to stimulate cortisol levels in patients who need it, such as those with Addison's disease. Instead of giving cortisol in pill form, which has side effects such as peptic ulcers, osteoporosis, weight gain and mood disorders, smelling a chemical like androstadienone could be used to affect cortisol levels, they suggested.[B]

Guru
02-09-2007, 12:04 AM
NOw they understand why we throw our clothes all over the floor.

Bowser
02-09-2007, 12:05 AM
Fumunda Juice by Calvin Klein.

"Unleash her beast"

pr_capone
02-09-2007, 12:05 AM
NOw they understand why we throw our clothes all over the floor.
LMAO

We are marking territory.

luv
02-09-2007, 12:05 AM
I think this type of test should be done on gay women as well. If they don't know what they're smelling beforehand. I wonder how many would have the same reaction as the straight women.

Bacon Cheeseburger
02-09-2007, 12:07 AM
Yep. That's why the ladies dig me.

noa
02-09-2007, 12:09 AM
Sales of turtlenecks are about to skyrocket.

SPchief
02-09-2007, 12:14 AM
Far to lazy to read the article. But does it specify armpit sweat or nutsack sweat?

Rausch
02-09-2007, 12:17 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/08/men.sweat.reut/index.html

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For women, apparently there's nothing like the smell of a man's sweat.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said women who sniffed a chemical found in male sweat experienced elevated levels of an important hormone, along with higher sexual arousal, faster heart rate and other effects.

Shocker.

I expected no connection to the french when I clicked on this topic but...

elvomito
02-09-2007, 12:32 AM
I think this type of test should be done on gay women as well. If they don't know what they're smelling beforehand. I wonder how many would have the same reaction as the straight women.

looks like it might be female urine for straight men and maybe lezWomen, but they say its harder to figure out the women part(no sht)
http://universalacid.blogspot.com/2005/05/pheromones-and-sexual-orientation.html
The two chemicals in the study were a testosterone derivative produced in men's sweat and an estrogen-like compound in women's urine, both of which have long been suspected of being pheromones.

Far to lazy to read the article. But does it specify armpit sweat or nutsack sweat?hmm you'd think the nads excrete more of the chemical possibly... i say you bottle some in a little vial and slip it into someone's drink next time you go out. true aphrodisiac

Rausch
02-09-2007, 12:34 AM
lhmm you'd think the nads excrete more of the chemical possibly... i say you bottle some in a little vial and slip it into someone's drink next time you go out. true aphrodisiac

In Brazil perhaps...

ChiefFan31
02-09-2007, 01:25 AM
Fumunda Juice by Calvin Klein.

"Unleash her beast"

ROFL

Rep!

ChiefFan31
02-09-2007, 01:28 AM
I think this type of test should be done on gay women as well. If they don't know what they're smelling beforehand. I wonder how many would have the same reaction as the straight women.

Don't worry. A lesbians rights group will read this and become outraged, prompting a law suit and a re-test with lesbians as well.

luv
02-09-2007, 01:30 AM
Don't worry. A lesbians rights group will read this and become outraged, prompting a law suit and a re-test with lesbians as well.
Eh. I just think the only way a lesbian would make a difference in the results is if you told them what it was they were smelling to begin with.

ChiefFan31
02-09-2007, 01:35 AM
Eh. I just think the only way a lesbian would make a difference in the results is if you told them what it was they were smelling to begin with.

Well, that is assuming there is no chemical differences, but that is a whole other ball of wax.

I just couldn't help it with all the groups being offending by the super bowl commercials. etc. :)

BWillie
02-09-2007, 01:38 AM
Damn right, screw bathing. I quit. Great news.

SLAG
02-09-2007, 01:44 AM
is this why sweaty mexicans have lots of babys....heh....... :p

KCChiefsMan
02-09-2007, 04:11 AM
could this possibly explain all of the mass reproduction of white trash? they don't shower now do they?