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Do human's pheromone still work on human?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8235points) February 9th, 2010

We know that most creature on earth can produce pheromone to attract their mate. Some can only be produced by male or female only. Do you think that we(human) as part of nature beings can still produce ‘human pheromone’?. Will it still effective to naturally attract our mate?. Can both sexes produce this pheromone?. How can we differentiate pheromone smell from sweat smell?. Thank you.

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phoebusg's avatar

Yes, we produce it. I don’t know about the male pheromone effects on females, but female pheromones can cause females to synchronize their menstrual cycles.
How we differentiate, well I’m no expert in that but I assume chemical levels in the smell – additives.

lilikoi's avatar

Yes, I think pheromones still play a role in attraction. Sweat stinks; pheromones do not have a noticeable smell.

SophiscatedLady's avatar

Never smells my SO’s pheromone.

squidcake's avatar

I saw this T.V. special about it. They experimented with different women, and they had them go onto a computer program in which they could “make” a male face that they would find most attractive. The girls that were exposed to some male pheromones (without them knowing) ended up making their “ideal” male faces have much more masculine features.

So I would deduce that human pheromones don’t make someone attracted to one person in particular, but rather temporarily heighten their attraction to the opposite sex in general.

And like phoebusg said, it does effect the menstrual cycle.

Trillian's avatar

It isn’t a question of whether or not we “think” humans can do it. It is a statement of fact. We’re mammals. We produce pheromones. Period.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@Trillian OK you’ve got your point there. But I’m more concern on its effectiveness. And I have to add that not every mammals can produce pheromone(take whale and its relatives as example).

TehRoflMobile's avatar

I sure hope so. I need the help ;p.

Dr_C's avatar

Instead of spouting off a lengthy explanation I’ll just direct whomever is interested to this article from “NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY LETTERS”.

drhat77's avatar

^^ the all caps is because neuroendocrinologists LOVE TO SHOUT. you should have seen the convention center last year when the neuroendocrinologists and the audiologists convention were accidentally double booked to the same halls.

Resonantscythe's avatar

I don’t have much to add besides The fact that bathing and the artificial scents we use dampen the ones we produce.

ETpro's avatar

The research on this is scant, and in the absence of solid, double-blind studies, scam artists abound selling all sorts of snake oil to gullible marks. But my best guess is that they do exist and that those who don’t drown themselves in preparations from chemical factories are more sensitive to them than those who indulge heavily in use of perfumes, deoderants, skin creams and such.

Dr_C's avatar

@drhat77 lol…. it’s true. Thankfully I’m not a Neuroendocrinologist… it’s jsut the way it’s spelled on the site and how I copy/pasted the tittle to save a little time between patients.

Pustic's avatar

No, human pheromones will no longer work on humans. But not all is lost, but, for your safety, stay away from the bonobos.

phoebusg's avatar

@Pustic haha, true. Bonobos will hump you just as a hello. You don’t want to know what they do later. But it’s a 3 letter word.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Nah. It’s completely overpowered by the smell of money.

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