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Women's tears reduce men's sexual desire
08-01-2011, 10:39 AM
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Women's tears reduce men's sexual desire
prada sunglasses report,- scientistsWomen's tears

can have a negative effect on men's sexual desire, a new study suggests.

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Israel found that women's tears contain a "chemical

signal", which reduces arousal in men.

Prof Noam Sobel told BBC World Service radio that the signal reduced levels of testosterone and

brain activity associated with sexual arousal.

His team now plan to study the effects of men's tears on women and men.

Testosterone
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The researchers collected tears from female volunteers who cried while watching sad films.

Male volunteers then had the tears or a salt solution, without knowing which, placed under their

noses on a pad, while they made judgements about images of women's faces. The experiment was then

repeated, with those that had first been given the tears given the salt solution and vice versa.

The researchers found that the men who sniffed the tears judged the women's faces less sexually

appealing than they did when they sniffed the salt solution.
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The levels of testosterone - a hormone related to sexual arousal - in the men's saliva fell by

13% on average after they sniffed the tears, but stayed the same after sniffing the salt

solution.

Their physiological state, as measured by skin temperature, heart rate and respiration, also fell

after exposure to the tears.
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MRI brain scans showed less activity in areas associated with sexual arousal after smelling the

tears.

The researchers said the male volunteers could not distinguish the smell of the tears from that

of the salt solution and that tears were odourless anyway.
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