If things have been slow lately in the romance department, the Athena Institute for Women's Wellness in Haverford, Pa., might have just what you need: a love potion composed of pheromones, synthesized chemical compounds that mimic secretions produced by the human body.
Some scientists, like Winnifred Cutler, believe these secretions are designed to attract sexual attention. Cutler, who helped discover human pheromones and heads the Athena Institute, advises women that regular sex is good for their health. And it just so happens that the pheromones her institute markets may help a gal get on the road to wellness.
Scientific studies have actually shown that subjects who used synthesized pheromones had sex more often (a 47% increase in sexual intercourse) than those who used a placebo (a 9.5% increase). Because of differences in individual body chemistry, the Athena Institute's potions don't seem to work for everybody: About 75% of those who try them report positive results, while the remaining 25% don't notice a change in their sexual attractiveness.