Your Sex Drive – Is It HIS Fault?

Forget the fancy perfumes. If you want your sex drive to pick up, just slip some odorless pheromones into his aftershave and watch your interest soar. Think I’m crazy? Scientists and researchers have been focusing on increasing women’s hormones, blaming low testosterone on our lack of ability to swing from the chandeliers with our mates. However, one interesting fact has slipped by their focus: as we age, our sense of smell dramatically declines, beginning around age 40.(1)

Pheromones are odorless chemical attractants found in all forms of life, especially plants and animals. Unlike hormones, pheromones are species specific and for good reason – imagine being sexually attracted to a boar or a mouse! So let’s take a closer look at these natural chemicals.

Pheromones are scents produced by a species in order to communicate and attract others nearby for the sole purpose of mating. Known as “sex attractants.” these odorless chemicals affect the way a mother and newborn child bond. Different pheromones influence our sexual orientation, helping to differentiate lovers from genetically similar relations.

As we age, a pair of organs in the nose, called the vomeronasal organs, lose their ability to detect pheromones. Couple this with lowered reproductive hormones that help us to produce these pheromones in both males and females over 50, and you can see why sexual relations seem to vanish for many couples.

As we enter menopause, five factors determine if a woman is viewed as attractive:

1) How we physically appear: the color of our hair, in short the way we groom ourselves.

2) Social skills. How well we flirt, exude confidence and appear balanced.

3) How motivated we are in the romantic contact and lovemaking.

4) Sexual performance skills.

5) The amount of sex attractant pheromones we excrete.

The more fertile a woman appears to a man, the more sexually attractive she is. The same applies to women. The more a man appears to be able to protect a woman and her offspring, the more sexually attractive he becomes. It’s all about scents.

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About Larrian
Larrian Gillespie is a gynecologic urologist who received her medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and practiced Urology and Urogynecology in Beverly Hills for 15 years before retiring.With an ability to translate “doctor speak” into terms anyone can understand, Larrian has been featured in over 75 magazine stories and numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, CBS Woman to Woman News, and CNN. She has served on the medical advisory board of SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Books, Readers Digest Books,Oxmoor Books, Low Carb Energy and been a frequent source for numerous other publications, including WebMD.

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