Your sense of smell can help you pick a mate...or a random chemical.
Pregnant women are famous for being able to sniff out an open bag of potato chips from at least a room away. But new research shows that all
women may have enhanced olfactory abilities—at least at certain times of the month
. Ovulating women, researchers at the University of Ottawa found, were better able to detect the subtle odor of the chemical n-butanol, suggesting that their noses were more sensitive overall. Other studies have discovered that women in this part of their cycle can pick up on musky scents and male pheromones. The next time your husband’s socks seem to go from stinky to offensive to, well, rude
, remind yourself it’s not his feet. It’s your ovaries.