There are several different types of female pheromones, which are hormones that are related to the natural response a woman receives from the opposite sex. Changes in attitudes and responses in the opposite sex determine which type of pheromone is activated. The pheromones of mate attraction and selection involve stimulating physiological senses that may lead to compatibility. Female pheromones are odorless yet believed to be connected to the sexual desires between men and women. The need to procreate and protect the human species causes females to emit pheromones that generally will be most noticeable during ovulation.
Female pheromones are released through the skin from bodily fluids such as perspiration and vaginal secretions. Known as copulins, the human body emits an invisible odor along with the secretions that may lead to mate attraction and selection. A biological or behavioral response occurs in some men who inhale the pheromones in women.
Interestingly, while these hormones are odorless, it is believed that the human brain is wired to detect the scent of pheromones. A connection is made when the brain unconsciously recognizes the hormone’s smell. According to research, the same area in the brain that controls human emotion and mood is what detects the pheromones.
By unwittingly inhaling copulins, the testosterone level in some men increases exponentially and an attraction to women develops. Women have an individual scent, which stimulates the male brain and may lead to a subjective response from men. This means that attraction is not guaranteed simply because the man senses the presence of pheromones. The pheromones have more to do with basic instinct than the physical features of the person.
In some situations, female pheromones elicit sexual desires between a man and woman. It is believed that sexual impulses are triggered when a woman emits pheromones that appeal to the man. Sex pheromones also alter the actions in a man and woman that can lead to sexual attraction. Some manufacturers market perfumes and body sprays with pheromones that are supposed to increase a man’s sexual desire for a woman. There is limited scientific research to prove these claims.
Generally most prominent during a woman’s ovulation period, female pheromones are also believed to induce the woman’s desire to mate. Science remains skeptic about the exact connection between pheromones and fertility. Some research reveals the use of female pheromones for dominant mate selection, which may lead to the possibility of having healthy babies capable of surviving.