According to a new study, men can smell when women are sexually aroused and find them more attractive when they are. Men can tell the difference between sexually aroused and non-aroused women’s scents, according to the findings, which were published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
According to the researchers, detecting sexual arousal through smell could serve as an additional channel in the communication of sexual interest and provide additional verification of human sexual interest.
Men are sensitive to the olfactory signals of sexual arousal released by women, according to Arnaud Wisman of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.
“This research suggests that when these signals are combined with corresponding visual and auditory expressions of sexual interest, they can produce a stronger overall signal that increases sexual motivation,” Wisman continued.
Previous studies have found that humans can communicate and detect emotions like fear and sadness through scent, according to the researchers.
Arousal, or sexual arousal, is also referred to as an emotional or physical state.
Three separate experiments were conducted in which men analysed the scents of axillary sweat samples from anonymous sexually aroused and non-aroused women.
Men find the axillary sweat of sexually aroused women more attractive than the scent of the same women when they are not sexually aroused, according to experiment one.
In addition, experiment two revealed that men’s sexual arousal was increased when they were exposed to sexual chemosignals.
Experiment three confirmed the hypothesis that being exposed to sexual chemosignals boosts sexual motivation.
According to the study, men found the scent of sexually aroused women to be more appealing, which increased their sexual motivation.
This suggests that a sexual response can be elicited solely by the chemical signals of scent.
“Sexual interest may entail more than meets the eye,” Wisman concluded, “and we hope that the current findings encourage further research into the role of sexual olfactory signals in human communication.”