Results from previous research had shown that a man’s scent can make them more attractive to women especially if his diet consists of more fruits and vegetables than refined carbohydrates.
The study authors said sexual arousal could be increased because “the perception of body fluids such as vaginal fluids, sperm and sweat seems to enrich the sexual experience.”
In the study, which was published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, a team led by Johanna Bendas analysed the smelling abilities of 42 women and 28 men aged 18 to 36.
The participants were then asked their sexual desire, experience, how often they had orgasms, how pleasant they found sexual activities, as well as frequency and duration of their sexual encounters.
The results showed that women with sensitive noses were significantly more likely to orgasm during sex than those who struggle to smell things.
However, the result did not show any relationship between their sense of smell and sexual desire and performance.
“These findings were exclusively present for sexual experience; no significant correlations were detected for sexual desire or sexual performance. The experience of sexual interactions appears to be enriched by the olfactory input.
“We discuss that the perception of certain body odours may contribute to the concept of sexual pleasure by enhanced recruitment of reward areas,” the report read.