Pheromones: The Chemistry of Attraction

You cannot touch it with your finger, yet you feel it is there. You cannot see its physical appearance, yet you can sense its lingers near you. That is the power of scent and the ability to smell. Truthfully, the power of smell is undeniable, strongly alluring and truly attractive, as the multi-billion dollar perfume industry testifies.

You cannot touch it with your finger, yet you feel it is there. You cannot see its physical appearance, yet you can sense its lingers near you. That is the power of scent and the ability to smell. Truthfully, the power of smell is undeniable, strongly alluring and truly attractive, as the multi-billion dollar perfume industry testifies. But is it possible that we as human beings are influenced by airborne chemicals undetectable as odors, called pheromones? It is appears so. Scientifically proven, pheromones are natural chemical scents the body produces in order to attract others. In other word, pheromones are chemicals released by an organism into its environment enabling it to communicate with other members of its own species.

        But before we go further and deeper into this discussion about the origins and the effect of pheromones, let us think for a while and try to answer this one million dollar question. What are pheromones really? In the meaningful terms, pheromones are naturally occurring chemicals that send out signals to the opposite sex or the same sex that trigger powerful sexual response. Pheromones are what drive the animal attraction between two physical beings. It is the coup d’etat of our sexual essence. Pheromones are natural chemical scents the body produces in order to attract others. Pheromones are well documented in the animal kingdom as the force that controls all social behavior, and that including mating. Scientists are now finding that human behavior is also heavily influenced by these invisible social magnets.

       The word “pheromones” itself is taken from the Greek words pherein, meaning, “to transfer,” and hormon, meaning, “to excite.” Thus, pheromones can be described as an inter-body hormone, or a chemical that transmits a message between bodies. In addition, pheromones are airborne and odorless chemical signals that are released by an individual into the environment. These chemicals affect the behavior or physiology of other members of the same species. Although pheromones have been shown to exist in virtually all species of mammals and insects, pheromones is also believe to control the behavior of humans, which acting as a sexual attractants.

        There are three groups of pheromones in the mammal species. The first group of pheromones is primer pheromones that have affects that are more long term, for example the altering of the phase of menstrual cycle in women. The second group of pheromones is releaser pheromones that cause or release an almost immediate change in behavior. Examples of this immediate change of behaviors include aggression and attraction. The third group of pheromones is information pheromones, which carry information about an individual, and this might include fitness and immune system type.

        How pheromones are sensed and processed? Pheromones fall under a category of chemical sensing, which is very similar to the way we smell. Our regular sense of smell, which is what you are using when you smell flowers, is called olfaction, but pheromones are thought to be detected and processed through an accessory olfactory system. In mammals, this system is known as the Vomeronasal System. This consists of vomeronasal pits situated somewhere in the nose, at the bottom of which lies the Vomeronasal Organ (VNO), which is where cells specialized for detecting pheromones lie.

         From here signals are sent by neurons and nerves to the accessory olfactory bulbs, which is the part of the brain responsible for processing the information relayed by the pheromones and mediating a response. Most pheromone signals will end up at the hypothalamus. In addition, another interesting facts about this processed is, the epithelium of sensory cells in the nose is sometimes referred to as an extension of the brain because of their location and the way the signals are processed.

        The secretion of pheromones by humans is believed to dramatically increase both sexual attractiveness and desirability in both women and men. When pheromones are secreted they dictate sexual behavior and attract the opposite sex. It is reported that when two individuals in the presence of each other are secreting pheromones simultaneously, the sexual attraction is impossible to ignore. So, pheromones are not just only a miracle sex attractants, but they also do play an important role in the day-to-day interactions of humans, albeit a subtler one. 

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