Winnifred B. Cutler, Ph.D. founded the Stanford Menopause Study and co-founded the University of Pennsylvania’s Women Wellness Program. She served as its first scientific director before establishing the Athena Institute, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and has published over thirty scientific papers in biomedical journals. Dr. Cutler holds patents for her discovery of human sex pheromones.

What Are Pheromones?

Pheromones are defined as chemical substances that are secreted externally by some animals.  These chemical substances convey information to other animals of the same species and in the process produce a specific response in their behavior. The word pheromone is something like the word hormone. A hormone is a substance produced by the body, usually in a gland, that is secreted into the bloodstream. A pheromone is similar. It, too, is a substance that is produced by the glands of the body.  It travels some distance from its origin to act in the glands within the body.

The difference between pheromones and hormones is this: Whereas hormones exert their effects on the body, pheromones exert their effects on two or more different bodies. With pheromones, one person or animal produces the substance, and another person or animal is acted on by the substance. A built-in “maintenance of the species” system broadcast s her availability for a fertile mating whenever her body is ready. And the male gets the message. Somehow through the nose, the brain is activated, and the males come running. Learn more at

By 1974, pheromones as sex attractants were well understood to exist in nature. Work was being done at the on pheromones at The Univerisity of Pennsylvania. By 1986. Dr. Cutler was to confirm the existence of human pheromones.

How Do Pheromones Work?

In biology, you don’t have the male dog attracting the female, you have the female luring the dog. Her role is to lure and to choose from among the ones that pursue which one she wants. And the male’s role is to mate with the female. When a female dog is in heat, she emits pheromones as airborne chemicals that produce an odor that attracts male dogs to her for mating. Learn more at

How Well Do Athena Pheromones Work?

Well, I’ll give you an example. I was, I had to go into a bar. I was looking for somebody and I walked through the place looking and I almost walked into the kitchen. I was walking all around. Apparently, I was spreading my pheromones as Dr. Cutler said, and I bought a drink, leaned against a bar stool, and I wasn’t inviting at all. And before you know it, four men hit on me. Scientists are just beginning to learn how the process works according to