How Pheromones Work – 6 facts
We tend to think that in sexual desire only what we see influences, but we leave aside that our body functions in complex ways and that in sexual attraction other factors like the smell, tone of voice, contact, among others, also influence making all the senses come into play. Surely you’ve heard of the famous pheromones, but what are they? and more importantly, how do pheromones work in our body? Does it have anything to do with sexual attraction?
Here are some facts:
- Pheromones are chemicals secreted by the body of animals and humans, in the animal kingdom they are used to communicate with members of the same species in order to send all kinds of messages: from mating signals to alerts or instructions.
For many years there has been controversy as to whether or not humans produce pheromones and how useful they are.
- Recent studies have shown that humans actually produce and perceive pheromones. Several kinds of research have been able to conclude that pheromones act in specific cases, for example when women living together synchronize their menstrual cycles.
These chemicals are secreted through sweat, so some areas of our body are large points to perceive, for example behind the ears, chest or armpits.
- But what many people do not know is that pheromones do not smell, do not have a specific aroma that can be identified by anyone. They are perceived by the vomeronasal organ, an auxiliary of smell located in the Vomer bone, which is between the nose and the mouth, and which has neurons capable of distinguishing chemical substances, such as pheromones.
Once the vomeronasal organ captures the chemicals it sends a message to the hypothalamus, located in our brain, which generates physical and emotional responses in the individual, or at least this is what some scientists believe.
- Specific cases have been found in which pheromones act, such as the example of the alignment of the menstrual period in women or the transmission of fear. But no doubt what is most talked about is the pheromones in the sexual desire, as responsible for many times we feel sexually attracted to someone without knowing very well why.
It is one more way that our body uses to communicate to the other our desire.
- It is known that in humans, pheromones do not function in the same way as in animals, and although they can influence sexual attraction and desire, we have other means to express desire, such as body language.
However these chemicals continue to be the subject of many studies, and currently, the cosmetic industry includes them in many of its products for the purpose of attracting sexually.
- Pheromones are a good way to explain how many times someone can be powerfully attractive or sexual without us being able to explain why. As there are smells in a person that drives us crazy, and parts of the body, like behind the ears, we find it hard to stop kissing again and again.