Male underarm odors soothe women

Ohhhh yeah. Come to Phelps.

Lavender and vanilla aromatherapy may be all the rage. But new research suggests that male armpit sweat may be just as soothing for women. The effect, say scientists, may have helped get early women into the mood for love.

Chemist George Preti of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Penn., and colleagues exposed female volunteers for six hours to a fragrance containing men’s concentrated armpit sweat. The researchers then tracked levels of luteinizing hormone in the women’s bloodstreams. Luteinizing hormone helps regulate the timing of the menstrual cycle.

The scientists report in the journal Biology of Reproduction that the brains of women exposed to the sweat pulsed out more luteinizing hormone faster than women who didn’t get armpit whiffs. Women also reported feeling more relaxed while sniffing the sweat. Overall, the pheromones may help improve women’s receptivity to sexual advances and to synchronize their fertile times with the presence of men.

And I’m hairy too. I wonder why more chicks don’t dig me.

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