Women who smell attractive to men are more likely to be highly fertile, scientists have found.
A new study revealed a close correlation between feminine odours that male participants judged pleasant and hormone combinations that indicate a good chance of getting pregnant.
Previous research has identified a link between perceived facial and bodily attractiveness in women and hormones relating to fertility. But the new experiment is the first of its kind to indicate that the link also exists for smell.
Its authors believe that, as in the animal kingdom, humans subconsciously use chemicals detectable by smell to communicate their reproductive ability, and that the genes of women who smell attractive are more likely to propagate because men will be more motivated to procreate with them.