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BreakingSilence
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I just heard of this term today and am now curious. Does your body only produce this while sweating?

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Pheromones are chemical compounds produced by lots of species that indicate something to other members of that same species and affect their behaviour. (They don't exist only in sweat, either.) Humans have pheromones, but they're harder to study and pinpoint the effects of, because our actions aren't just the result of instinct most of the time - we act based on prior experience, cultural knowledge, laws, our emotions, etc.

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BreakingSilence
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Thank you.

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Many of my insects attract mates with pheremones
There are a few specialty glands on most mammals for pheremone production
Cats have them on the sides of their jaws, ever notice a cat makes a point of rubbing the side of its head against a surface? Its leaving its scent to mark its territory
Ungulates have pheremone glands near their urethra i think
Male ungulates sniff the female's urine because it contains pheremones that tell him how receptive she is
The problem is humans can verbally tell each other when they are receptive, we dont need any smells to be aroused hehe

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