Pheromones are chemicals produced by animals, including humans, that alter the behavior of others of the same species. Since they are secreted outside of the body, they are known as ectohormones.
In most mammals, pheromones work by triggering a specific organ in the nose. This organ connects to the hypothalamus in the brain. Interestingly, the organ is present in a human fetus but atrophies before birth. This suggests that pheromones affect humans differently from other mammals.
Scientists still believe that humans react to pheromones through their olfactory system. For example, the smell of tears can invoke a feeling of empathy without seeing the person crying.
Consequently, there has been a great deal of research on how humans react to pheromones from other humans to determine if there are ways to alter your scent to be more desirable to potential mates.
How do Male Pheromones Work?
Women are sensitive to musk, far more sensitive than men. Male pheromones affect women to varying degrees, but most women are more sensitive while ovulating.
There is some disagreement on how effective male pheromones are, especially since natural pheromones tend to change over time. Consider the difference between fresh male sweat compared to sweat that has oxidized. A woman may find the fresh sweat appealing but will likely react less favorably to the scent of dried sweat.
Specific social situations can further complicate the effect of male pheromones. A crowded party with other several other men in attendance can overpower the benefits of the pheromones. However, in an intimate setting, you’re more apt to notice the benefits.
The Types of Pheromones
There are four main types of pheromones that have different functions.
- Signaler pheromones provide information, like allowing a mother to recognize her newborn.
- Modulator pheromones, usually found in sweat, alter or synchronize bodily functions.
- Primer pheromones take time to elicit a response and often are responsible for development, like puberty, or reproduction.
- Releaser pheromones are generally linked to sexual attraction and receive a fast, almost immediate response.
For our purposes, we will focus on releaser pheromones. Several subtypes have been identified as creating a response in the opposite sex.
Also known as Anol or Alpha-nol, this is one of the most common pheromones linked to a female reaction. Dubbed “conversation grease,” Alpha Androstanol increases sociability and fun.
Women have rated men as more attractive when exposed to this pheromone. Men may seem less intimidating with Alpha Androstanol.
In high doses, Alpha Androstanol has led to a giddy feeling that is exacerbated by alcohol use. This effect can push the positive effects over the edge and lead to adverse reactions.
If Alpha Androstanol gets a conversation going, Beta Androstanol takes it to the next level. Commonly known as Bnol, butanol, and epiandrostenol, it’s been nicknamed the truth serum pheromone.
Beta Androstanol facilitates the formation of a true bond between people. It’s often present in close friendships and familial bonds.
Let’s talk about respect. Alpha Androsterone is associated with reliability, natural leadership skills, and higher social standing. It essentially makes you more believable and persuasive. Androsterone is not necessarily an overtly sexual pheromone, but it can help with self-confidence and communication.
The downside to Androsterone is that it can attract certain types of women, like those seeking a “protector” archetype. It can also make the wearer come across as being too serious. However, used with the right combination of other pheromones, Androsterone can have a positive effect.
Not to be confused with Androsterone, this pheromone is similar but less aggressive. It evokes feelings of safety, comfort, and reliability.
Androstadienone is one of the most studied pheromones by scientists and hobbyists. Commonly known as A1, dienone, and the love pheromone, it’s thought to enhance romance, attractiveness, and bonding between humans.
Not only is this pheromone frequently studied, but it’s also one of the most common pheromones used today because of its effect on women. Women may see the wearer as more attractive and encourage the desire to cuddle or touch more frequently.
Be careful not to use too much Androstadienone and don’t use it for prolonged periods. While it can have a desirable effect on women, extensive use can result in lethargy, anxiety, and depression in men.
Estratetraenol, also called EST, is a female pheromone that can improve mood and relieve stress in men when they use small doses. It can even encourage men to be more affectionate.
Though it is used in some formulas, Estratetraenol is only used in minimal doses to avoid negative interactions with other pheromones. If the dose is too strong, it can trigger aggressive reactions from alpha pheromones.
Like Estratetraenol, Copulins are female pheromones. They can boost men’s testosterone and make women appear more attractive. Another effect of Copulins is to boost a man’s self-confidence and make them feel more sexually desirable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Male Pheromone Hits?
Pheromone hits are the number of reactions you will likely get from a product. There are three different levels of hit counts.
- A subtle hit count means you’ll get people looking at you, trying to be near you, and generally being a bit friendlier than usual.
- Moderate hit count products should attract obvious flirting and more walk-ups from strangers.
- Products with blatant hit counts will generally have the highest return with more affection, overt sexual interest, and aggressive body language.
What do Pheromones Smell Like?
Though fresh male sweat can elicit a reaction from women, you probably would have a difficult time sustaining that fresh scent. Synthetic pheromones don’t really smell like anything at all. They still impact your olfactory system, but they don’t have a noticeable odor.
Do Pheromones Have Any Side Effects?
Like anything you apply to your skin, pheromones can trigger some side effects ranging from minor annoyances to more severe reactions. Whether or not you experience side effects will depend on your body chemistry, skin type, dosage, and the quality of the product, among other things.
Pheromones are meant to enhance the feelings of sexual arousal, so it’s reasonable to expect you’ll experience a lot of the same effects. It may require a little trial and error to determine the best combination for you, and some side effects may resolve with a small tweak in dosage.
- Mild headaches are the most common side effect of pheromone use and can generally be remedied by drinking something with caffeine.
- Some users may experience heart palpitations because the body is excited. Drinking extra water or cutting caffeinated beverages can often resolve this.
- Rashes can develop if you’re allergic to some of the ingredients, so be sure to consult the label for any known triggers.
- Some pheromone products can trigger a drowsy feeling as the effects wear off. You may need to cut back on your dose and build up a tolerance.
- Blatant hit products can cause anxiety in rare cases. If you experience this, you may want to stick with subtle or moderate hit products.
How to Properly Use Male Pheromones to Attract Females
Once you’ve selected the right product for you, using pheromones is not tricky. There are just a few pointers to maximize the benefits.
- Follow the dosage suggested on the package. You may want to start small and work your way up.
- Apply the pheromones to your pulse points. If you aren’t sure what they are, start with your wrists, neck, and behind your ears.
- Be wary of spraying your entire body unless you know exactly how you’ll react.