Pheromone research has been extensive in the animal kingdom. Pheromones are a naturally occurring chemical compound found in insects, animals, and supposedly humans. When pheromones are secreted they dictate sexual behavior and sexual desire. The term ‘pheromone’ was coined in 1959 by German scientists to describe the sex attractants of insects. The word ‘pheromone’ is based on the Greek words pheran which means to transfer and horman which means to excite.
Animals and insects use pheromones as communication. They can be consciously detected over long distances. They help animals recognize mates, mark territory and signal sexual interest. Animal and insect pheromones are used today in pest control products to lure insects into traps or to repel other insects or animals from coming into a certain territory. Hunters use female animal pheromones to attract the male as prey.
The concept of human pheromones has been debated and researched for years. Dr. Winnifred Cutler, a biologist and behavioral endocrinologist is one of the leading researchers on human pheromones. She has linked pheromones to effects on women’s menstrual cycles and fertility. Male pheromones can cause their female partners to be more fertile, have regular menstrual cycles and milder menopause.
Dr. Cutler’s studies show that women are most affected by pheromones, those of men and of other women. Pheromones explain why women who live together usually menstruate at the same time. Dr. Cutler reports that “It’s remarkable. A very clear pattern has been emerging and it confirms that a woman’s optimal reproductive health is part of a finely tuned system and that a man, on a regular and sustained basis, is an essential part of it.” More studies are being done to see how pheromones can impact and help those who are having fertility problems. So it turns out men are useful to women after all. It’s about time we found out what they were good for. Read more »