Scent and Sexual Desire

by | Jan 16, 2010 | Health & News

Have you ever been cooking in the kitchen only to have your partner come up behind you and give you a sexy pinch in the behind? I’m sure you probably looked adorable as you stirred the cake mix, but it also might have had something to do with the aroma of the food you were cooking!

Recent studies conducted at the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation in Chicago have shown that the smells of certain foods can be sexually arousing. Foods aren’t the only sexual stimulants that can create a romantic mood. Many patients have asked me about the legitimacy of other aphrodisiacs, such as perfumes that contain pheromones, to attract members of the opposite sex. Pheromones have been documented to influence sexual behavior in various animals. Olfactory signals, whether naturally produced, like pheromones, or produced from substances in the environment, like your home cooking, can be powerful stimulants. Humans can detect between 10,000 and 30,000 different odors. Women in general have a keener sense of smell than men. For this reason, specific scents that induce an increase in sexual desire may be worth further exploration.

Which scents arouse men the most?  Which scents arouse women the most?

Stay tuned for my next blog post to find out!

You can read more about scent and sexual desire in my book, Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You.