Recently, Matt, a.k.a. The Theoretical Chemist, sent an interesting scientific tidbit to me about women sniffing out men:
Studies find that women are more attracted to men whose scents are different from their own.
Does the way a man/woman smells turn you on… or off?
One of my single mom friends refuses to date online because she says that you can’t smell the man first.
“These studies show that women are attracted to men who have dissimilar immune systems, so that the healthiest babies will be born,” explains Martin Brown, author of “Scent of a Relationship.”
And here’s the twist: it appears that the Pill affects a woman’s sense of smell:
When a woman is on birth control, studies show that she is more attracted to men whose immune systems are similar to hers.
In other words, the Pill “tricks” a woman’s body to feel pregnant, so she’s more attracted to a man who would protect her — but not necessarily mate with her. Genetically, this man could be her cousin.
I agree! Amazingly, I do think that being on the Pill has affected the kind of man I pursued.
If any of you have used hormonal birth control, I’d love to hear if it’s changed the way you sniff out men.
If the above was a lot to digest, here’s another way to think about it:
Psychology Today reported a study by a biologist who gave 44 men new T-shirts, which they wore to bed two straight nights.
Later, single women sniffed the shirts and indicated which ones they found had the most pleasant odors.
This would seem logical because we mate with partners who have different immune patterns from our own. This way, we increase our chances of creating offspring that are better able to fight disease.
Psychologist Rachel Herz, author of the groundbreaking book The Scent of Desire, suggests that women ready to seek a long-term partner consider alternative birth control before they start that quest.
“If you’re looking for a man to be the father of your child,” Herz says, “go off the pill before you start your search.”
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