Lust originates not in the contours of a shapely calf or a chiseled jaw line, but in the hypothalamus, a nugget of neurons in the brain that's function far outweighs its deceptively diminutive size [source: Fisher ]. Situated behind the nose, the hypothalamus directs the pituitary gland to release a range of hormones, including gonadotropin-releasing hormone GnRH , which has been implicated as a possible human pheromone. The hypothalamus also oversees the production of a class of hormones called androgens. Testosterone, the starring androgen, along with its chemical cousins dihydrotestosterone and androstenedione, sparks sexual arousal and stirs fundamental physical attraction. For men and women alike, higher levels of testosterone coursing through the body correlate to stronger sex drives and, accordingly, more active sex lives [source: HowStuffWorks. No wonder that when lust pans out into kissing contact, testosterone is exchanged in lovers' saliva. Lust also puts on an impressive show inside the brain. Repeated cognitive studies have found predictable patterns of arousal in the brain in response to titillating images. A functional MRI fMRI study conducted in at the University of Montreal surveyed male and female neurological commotion while viewing pornographic films. A constellation of brain regions lit up, including sites of visual processing, emotional regulation and reward [source: Karama et al ].
When it comes to instant attraction, it's your brain - not your heart - that kicks in. Here's how it works: you spot a hot stranger and, before you can even say hello, your brain has processed his voice, face and pheromones. If you have your period, a guy with softer, more feminine features is more appealing. The spot deep in your brain that deals with memories is recording his every move and feature, subtly comparing him with last loves. Totally healthy. Your brain has revved up its hormone control centre to shoot out chemical signals to your ovaries. Dot-dot, dash-dash-dot…dashing. Meanwhile, your body is busy producing testosterone, the male hormone often associated with aggression and risk-taking. When you're ovulating, you're more attracted to men with strong masculine features. The wandering eyes will pass.
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Whether it's crimson lipstick or a scarlet dress, rocking this hue can up your lust factor. Date night? Women who exercise regularly feel more desirable, a study conducted at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville reveals. Turn yourself on with pieces that tease your favorite body parts, such as a necklace that gently brushes your cleavage, says Stephanie Buehler, a psychologist and sex therapist in Irvine, California. Need a lift? Don't you feel flirtier already? Ask to take off more than usual at your next bikini wax.
Wearing high heels strengthens the muscles of your pelvic floor, which can potentially increase your sexual satisfaction, Italian research shows. Besides, strutting your stuff in pumps is sexy! Slowly and sensuously peel off each layer. Then slip into a sexy camisole You'll be head over heels for yourself in no time. By Colleen Oakley May 16, Pin ellipsis More. Get ready to get turned on These simple strategies will help you reclaim your sexiest self. Start Slideshow. Image zoom.
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