Pheromones And Gender: Myths And Facts

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Now, on to today’s topic: pheromones and gender.

The first thing you need to know about pheromones and gender is that this topic is simultaneously more straightforward and more complex than a lot of people think. We know that seems like a contradiction, but bear with us! To get some clarity, let’s take a look at the two biggest myths about pheromones and gender.


MYTH #1: “Men’s pheromones” and “women’s pheromones” are two totally different things.

The truth: Almost all pheromones are produced by both men and women. A lot of pheromones are byproducts of our body’s production of sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen, which are themselves produced by both men and women, just at different levels.

Men, for example, generally produce more testosterone than women, and women generally produce more estrogen than men. There is then some natural variation among individuals: some people have naturally higher levels of testosterone and/or estrogen than average. Diet, the amount of exercise a person gets, genetics, age, and plenty of other factors influence an individual’s sex hormone levels, and therefore their pheromone levels.

Here’s a specific example: the pheromone AndrosteNONE is a byproduct of our body’s production of testosterone. As everyone produces testosterone, everyone will produce AndrosteNONE. People with naturally higher levels of testosterone will produce more AndrosteNONE than people with naturally low testosterone levels, regardless of that person’s gender.

This means that pheromone products that are marketed as “men’s pheromones” can be used by women, and are often just as useful to women. Alpha-7, for example, was developed for and is marketed to men, but many women find that it’s very useful for a lot of purposes: spicing up their relationship, attracting a new partner, feeling more confident, and more. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at forum responses by women who have more success with AndrosteNONE than other pheromones!

On the flip side, pheromones considered “women’s pheromones” are useful to men too. AndrosteNOL, for example, is produced by both men and women but is often thought of as a “women’s pheromone. This is because its effects–friendliness, approachability, social grace, and so on–are often considered women’s traits. Despite stereotypes about gendered behavior, men can benefit tremendously from using AndrosteNOL–especially alpha males who need help toning down their rough exterior and men whose careers require good social skills.

Now, there are some pheromones that are produced by only one sex. Copulins, for example, are produced in the female reproductive tract, and are therefore produced only by women, and AndrostaDIENONE is produced only by men. (Transgender folks are the only exception to these general rules.) This does not mean, however, that these pheromones only affect one gender–which takes us to our next myth about pheromones and gender!


MYTH #2: Men and women respond to pheromones in completely different ways.

The truth: While some pheromones do have sex-specific effects, there is a lot of overlap in how men and women respond to pheromones. Really, of all the factors that influence how a person responds to pheromones, gender is usually not a very big one. Much bigger factors are a person’s preferences in partners (do they prefer a strong and in-charge person, or someone more mellow?), their mood and personality (are they naturally outgoing, or more shy?), their socialization and behavior preferences (do they respond better to alpha types, or team players?), their sexual orientation (are they gay, straight, bi, pan, etc.?) and so on.

Let’s go back to the example of AndrosteNONE. This is a byproduct of testosterone, which is produced by everyone regardless of sex. A person wearing AndrosteNONE will appear confident and in-charge, sometimes to the point of seeming overbearing. This pheromone can also stimulate sexual arousal in both men and women. So, if you like confident, dominant alpha types, you will likely be attracted to someone who is wearing AndrosteNONE–as long as that person is a gender you’re already attracted to. (There isn’t a pheromone in the world powerful enough to undo someone’s sexual orientation.)

So, generally speaking, a person’s gender doesn’t have the strongest effect on how they respond to pheromones. Their personality and tastes are a much bigger factor in their response.

This does not mean that gender never has any impact on how someone responds to pheromones, however. Certain pheromones have sex-specific responses–at least according to the most recent research available. Studies show that copulins, for example, can boost men’s confidence and their attention to their female partners, but no such effects have been seen in women yet. AndrosteNOL makes men more focused, but does not appear to have the same effect on women. AndrostaDIENONE makes men more cooperative, while it makes (straight) women more likely to find men attractive.

So, while almost all pheromones have effects on people of all genders, some pheromones’ specific effects will vary based on a person’s gender. (Everyone responds to AndrosteNOL, for example, but only men will see improvements to their focus when exposed to AndrosteNOL.) But these gender-specific effects are the exception, not the rule. A person’s response to a specific pheromone is more heavily influenced by their personality and preferences, not their gender.

So, if you’re trying to attract someone using pheromones, their gender shouldn’t be the first thing you take into consideration. Instead, think about their personality and what they like in a partner. Do they like alpha types, or laidback people? Do they need help overcoming their shyness, or are they already plenty confident? Do they need to forge an emotional connection before getting together with someone, or are they ready to jump into a relationship right off the bat? All of these questions will be more helpful in choosing a pheromone than “What is their gender?”


Are you still with us? Good. Let’s go back to what we said before: that the topic of pheromones and gender is simultaneously more straightforward and more complex than people think. It’s more straightforward in that pretty much all pheromones are produced by both men and women, so both men and women will respond to pretty much all pheromones. It’s more complex in that you have to consider a lot of factors in choosing a pheromone (your personality, your partner’s personality, the preferences of someone you’re trying to attract, and so on) rather than just their gender.

In short, we’re saying that there’s no one pheromone that is perfect for attracting women, and no one pheromone that is perfect for attracting men. You don’t know how someone will respond to a pheromone just because you know their gender: you have to know more about them to be able to predict the results. It’s important to keep that in mind when shopping for pheromones! The better you understand the truth about pheromones and gender, the more successful your search for the best pheromone will be!


All right, Love Scent fans, that’s all for now! We hope you have a better understanding of pheromones and gender now, and that you feel better prepared to choose the right pheromone for you!


Are you a woman who has had better luck with “men’s pheromones?” Or are you a man who has better luck with “women’s pheromones?” Have you personally found that the relationship between pheromones and gender was more complex than you thought? Tell us about your experiences in the comments! Also feel free to contact us directly with any questions, comments, or concerns. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about blog posts, exclusive promotions, new products, and more!


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