You may not need all that Lynx Africa you got for Christmas, as scientists are claiming they’ve discovered a potion that has a real-life aphrodisiac effect.
According to the Daily Mail, research has revealed that women who inhaled the new spray found their partners to be a whopping 15 per cent more attractive than they had previously.
Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany asked 40 female volunteers to take part in experiments on the hormone spray which contains syntocinon – a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, which is naturally released in the brain when people fall in love.
Oxytocin also plays a key role during childbirth, stimulates milk production in mothers, and helps them to bond with their babies but, until now, its effect on how women perceive men has not really been understood.
The women who took part in the study were all in their 20s and described themselves as being “passionately in love”. Half of those in the sample were given the syntocinon nasal spray to inhale, while the others were given a placebo. They were all then presented with pictures of men – including their partners.
According to Inquisitr, the researchers then switched the test group around and gave the spray to the 20 who had inhaled the placebo and vice versa.
The women rated their partners as 15 per cent more attractive after inhaling the spray than after inhaling the placebo. However, women who were using the contraceptive pill found their partners no more alluring after inhaling the spray.
Syntocinon spray can be bought online but Neal Patel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society told the Daily Mail it shouldn’t be obtained without a prescription as it can affect heart rhythm and cause nausea, headaches and even miscarriages.
Sounds like the side effects could be a little extreme for the sake of 15 per cent more attractiveness. We’ll be sticking to the trusty old Lynx Africa for now!