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Do pheromone perfumes really work?

I've heard conflicting stories. What's the real beef?

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Some perfumes claim to contain pheromones that attract members of the opposite sex. They say that the pheromones are scientifically proven to work in making a girl or guy like you and become interested in you. It canít be this easy can it? In the case of pheromones, it is best to remember the old saying, ďIf it seems too good to be true, it probably is.Ē

Pheromones are naturally secreted chemicals that affect the behavior of other animals of the same species. Sex pheromones affect those of the opposite sex. Other types of pheromones are alarm pheromones and food trail pheromones. Pheromones change hormone levels to produce an altered response. Pheromones have been studied extensively in insects and other animals. Sex pheromones attract members of the opposite sex for mating purposes. Although they are seen more in smaller animals such as microscopic species and insects, other animals, including swine, deer, and sea urchins, have been found to use them also.

One species that has not been found to use pheromones are human beings. Scientific studies have not shown that humans use pheromones as a sexual attractant. Even so, some cases look promising in showing that pheromone interaction may actually work. In one unscientific study done by the ABC news show 20/20, pheromones seemed to have an effect. Two sets of twins, one set male and the other female, each went on ten five-minute dates. Each dater was then asked if they would like to see them again. The twins that were wearing the pheromones had the better results, almost twice that of the twin without the pheromones. This study, however, is far from proving that pheromones work. Further scientific studies are necessary to learn the truth. Even if pheromones donít work, they may act as a placebo, giving people more confidence while dating, if they believe that they may work.

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