Science has uncovered something pretty interesting about women and sex. Researchers from the University of Dresden in Germany found that a killer sense of smell heightens orgasms during sex. Even more so than touch.
The study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, examined 70 participants (28 men, 42 women; average age of 24) each of whom used “Sniffin’ Sticks” to determine how acute their sense of smell was. They were also barraged with questions pertaining to orgasm frequency, sexual desire and experience, and sexual performance. According to the study, odor sensitivity correlated positively with sexual experience:
Participants with high olfactory sensitivity reported higher pleasantness of sexual activities. Further, women with high olfactory sensitivity reported a higher frequency of orgasms during sexual intercourse.
The findings, according to the study, were exclusively present for sexual experience; no significant correlations were detected for sexual desire or sexual performance.
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According to Well + Good, the authors of the study “speculate that the relationship between smell and orgasm might be because the ability to smell all of the different well, bodily fluids, during intercourse can enhance the experience for the sex-havers.”
The downfall of this study is two-fold. First, 70 people does not provide very much data to go on. Second, how does one quantify their own sexual experience? Seems pretty arbitrary.
Because unrelated factors, like social anxiety, could influence the outcome, it’s safe to say that more research is needed to confidently assume that women with a strong sense of smell have more orgasms.
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But, hey, if your date smells good, maybe that’s just as good of an indicator as their Tinder profile.