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February 07, 2007

Study: Smell of Sweat Causes Hormone Spikes, Sexual Arousal In Women

Further support for my lifestyle choice of Never washing my junk.

Wyart and her team designed their study around androstadienone, a nonhormonal, steroidal constituent of sweat, which Wyart refers to as the molecule most studied because of its effects on psychophysiology in women. ...

The results: smelling the androstadienone increased positive mood, total physiological arousal and sexual arousal, which grew with longer exposure. The researchers also found a significant rise in cortisol levels from the sweat component, as compared with the yeast, beginning within 15 minutes of exposure and continuing for up to an hour.

Wyart notes it was particularly interesting that there was apparently no correlation between the intensity of the scent and magnitude of the effect. "It's something very intriguing about these molecules that you don't necessarily consciously smell the odor to actually [get] a response," she says.

Note that it doesn't have to be male sweat, either. So, you can set your woman out to clean the garage and gutters and then, theoretically, expect her to become sexually aroused off her own sweat and give you a wettie.

In theory.

In practice? Doesn't seem to work.

But science may engineer a way around this.


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