Study suggests 'women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner’s scent'
Stress-causing situations, individuals, and events are everywhere, but researchers with the University of British Columbia suggest the remedy is close at hand.
Their recent research effort “found women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner’s scent.”
The study involved 96 opposite-sex couples.
Males were instructed to wear a t-shirt for 24 hours and refrained from using deodorant or scented products while doing so.
Female participants were later given the shirts, with some receiving the one worn by their partner and some not, instructed to give them a sniff, and subjected to stress tests.
According to a news release about the study, the team assessed the reactions and “found that women who had smelled their partner’s shirt felt less stressed both before and after the stress test.”
“Those who both smelled their partner’s shirt and also correctly identified the scent also had lower levels of cortisol, suggesting that the stress-reducing benefits of a partner’s scent are strongest when women know what they’re smelling,” the release further noted.
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