In the field of electromagnetism, opposites attract. But are there laws that apply to attraction between people? The world is full of strangers, so is there a guaranteed way of making two people be attracted to each other?

Can attraction be chalked up to pure chemistry?

Possibly. Scientists say animals of different sexes are attracted to each other because of chemicals known as as pheromones. So far, they have mostly studied the behavior of insects in regards to pheromones. In some experiments, it has been noted that pheromones enhance communication within a species such as ants. The terrible aroma unleashed by skunks to deflect adversaries is believed to be a type of pheromone. There are types of apes that rub urine containing pheromones on the feet of their intended mates. Scientists have theorized that female animals often send out these chemical signals to males of their species to let them know that they are genetically different. Gene diversity is essential in the production of offspring who are more likely to survive. In the perfume industry, much has been made of the notion that pheromones can increase a person’s attractiveness to potential mates. Musk deer and whales are among the animals that were hunted so that people could obtain these chemicals.

Now, scientists are examining the reality of human pheromones and its function in partner choice. There are a lot of differing opinions in the areas of biology, chemistry, psychology, as well as genetics. Many scientists say that these don’t exist or at least do not play a significant role in sexual attraction between men and women. There has been some new research by Klaus Vedekind of the University of Bern, Switzerland.  However, it is difficult to break ground in this established field of science.

For this experiment, women sniffed men’s cotton undershirts at various times during ovulation. It seems that the women preferred the shirts of men who possessed both genetic differences and similarities to them.

The reason for this was to ensure stronger and healthier characteristics in potential offspring. But researchers warned that fondness for a male scent is altered by the female’s ovulation period, the food men consume, and perfumes along with other scented body products and the use of birth control pills.