Dr. Cutler's work mentioned in:
The Secret Pleasures of Menopause
by Christiane Northrup
Pub. Date: October 2008
By Christiane Northrup
Excerpt from pages 147-148
"For example, consider having some fun with pheromones, sexual-attractant molecules secreted naturally by various glands that give off a sort of subliminal come-hither message. Reproductive biologist Winnifred Cutler, Ph.D. ( click for bio), founder of the Athena Institute for Women's Wellness Research, was one of the first researchers to study how humans produce and respond to these chemical secretions.
After menopause, she asserts, women do secrete fewer pheromones than when they're ovulating. But don't let that dismay you. Dr. Cutler makes pheromones available commercially in a product called Athena Pheromone 10:13 (click for product info), which can be added directly to your perfume or cologne. Don't worry - the pheromones are odorless so you won't notice a change in your perfume's bouquet, but you will notice a change in the amount of attention you get from men.
Several studies have documented this effect. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2002 by researchers at San Francisco State University, 74 percent of women who used the product were more sexually attractive to men. Those are pretty good odds!
If you decide to experiment with pheromones why not let your partner try the pheromone that Dr. Cutler makes for men called Athena Pheromone 10X? ...( For more information see Dr. Cutler's website, www.athenainstitute.com)
Also from Dr. Northrup's Health and Wisdom website: http://www.drnorthrup.com/
Science of Chemical Attraction
Dr. Winnifred Cutler, reproductive biologist, researcher, and founder of the Athena Institute has done the most to educate us on the importance of pheromones. Dr. Cutler was one of the first to isolate human pheromones—and, more important, make them available commercially. Several significant, rigorous studies have shown that a pheromone made from the underarm secretions of fertile young women (known as Athena Pheromone 10:13) does, in fact, increase the amount of male attention that women receive. This is true of both ovulating women and those who have gone through menopause or hysterectomy (click for details).
In one study of women past menopause (average age 57), women were instructed to use pheromones topically in their perfume and then report the number of positive romantic encounters they attracted. These were defined as at least one of the following: petting, kissing, affection, or sexual intercourse. When a woman used the odorless, topically applied pheromone placed in her own perfume, she was far more likely to experience an increase in positive male attention as well as the intimate activities that go along with that awareness. When that same woman wasn’t using the pheromone, she didn’t get the same response. The results were highly statistically significant. For those pheromone users who were married, sexual intercourse increased for five out of six of them.
Interestingly, I’ve had women report to me that using pheromones makes them more attractive to other women as well as men. For instance, one woman told me that whenever she wears her pheromone-laced perfume to work, her co-workers are much friendlier! Hmmm.
Better Than Old Spice
The pheromone gate swings both ways. Men obviously produce pheromones, too. Remember the famous T-shirt study in which women were asked to smell T-shirts worn by men and then rank how much they liked the smell of each shirt? As it turned out, the smell that the individual women found most attractive was the smell of the men who were genetically most “unlike” themselves. That’s how powerful, and how important, pheromones are! We’re clearly programmed to go for mates who are different from us, at least genetically. And that’s a very good thing.
T-shirts aside, can a man get the same positive results that women do by using pheromones? The answer is a resounding yes. Dr. Cutler has isolated and studied a particular pheromone for men known as 10X. Use of this pheromone in aftershave lotion also increased the amount of sociosexual attention that men enjoyed.
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COMMENT FROM ATHENA INSTITUTE: Both Athena Pheromone 10:13tm for women and Athena Pheromone 10Xtm for men are cosmetics that can increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Neither product is an “aphrodisiac.”