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Human Vaginal Secretions: Volatile Fatty Acid Content

Richard P. Michael, R. W. Bonsall and Patricia Warner
Science
New Series, Vol. 186, No. 4170 (Dec. 27, 1974), pp. 1217-1219
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1739267
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Human Vaginal Secretions: Volatile Fatty Acid Content
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Abstract

Vaginal samples (682) were collected by a tampon method from 50 healthy young women. Samples were analyzed by gas chromatography. The volatile aliphatic acids increased during the late follicular phase of the menstrual cycle and declined progressively during the luteal phase. Women on oral contraceptives had lower amounts of volatile acids and did not show any rhythmic changes in acid content during the menstrual cycle. These same substances possess sex-attractant properties in other primate species.

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