By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It may be a generalization but I think it is fair to say that men seem to be more accepting of body odor in others than women. But, being one to not just accept a theory on simple observation, I went back to a report from the Monell Center which specializes in this.

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A few years ago a study looked at the ability of fragrances to block body odor and it finds that only 2 of 32 scents effectively blocked underarm odor when women were doing the smelling. In contrast, 19 scents effectively reduced the strength of underarm odor for men.

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In addition, male underarm odors appear to be tougher to block with fragrances than female underarm odors.

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So, what we found is that women are more sensitive to body odor and men are less sensitive but that might be because they are used to smelling worse.