Greater the sensitivity to odour, greater is the orgasm during sex

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New Delhi: Sex is a multisensory experience. Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch—each one makes a unique contribution to our sex lives. Smell or odour has always been under-appreciated for their role in sexual attraction. But the reality is that visual attractiveness alone can’t explain just how physically attractive a person is perceived to be. Here’s a study which has explained what role does your ability to smell your partners – or potential partners – play in your sex life.

Weaker the sense of smell weaker the sexual activity

Past research that men born without the ability to smell tend to have fewer sexual partners. And about half of people who lose their sense of smell, through infection or injury, report negative impacts on their sexual behaviour. The inability to smell is often also associated with depression or social insecurity, which can affect aspects of sexuality – and such studies do not tell us whether sense of smell is related to sexual experience among healthy people.

Greater the sensitivity to odour, greater is the orgasm

The researchers studied 42 women and 28 men aged between 18 and 36. They found that there was no relationship between their odour sensitivity (measured using a test that establishes how much of a smelly chemical must be present for the individual to be able to detect it) and either sexual desire or sexual performance (defined as how many times they’d engaged in sexual activity during the previous month and how long, on average, a sexual encounter had lasted). However, people with a keener sense of smell reported finding their sexual activities more “pleasant”, and women with a greater sensitivity to odours had more orgasms during sex. 

The body odours such as vaginal fluids, sperm and sweat enrich the sexual experience by increasing sexual arousal.

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