Q. I think I heard that chemists have isolated pheromones from the human body, both male and female. Is this true? I believe they are being sold on the Internet, but I wonder if tests have been conducted to show if pheromones work to attract the opposite sex.
A. Animals from elephants to moths rely on pheromones to attract the opposite sex and signal mating readiness. Humans are not nearly as susceptible, however. While they may react subconsciously to pheromones, it is unlikely that a perfume sold on the Internet has undergone clinical trials for its ability to stimulate human libido. Don’t count on women to fling themselves at you just because you are wearing a pheromone scent.

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