She discloses that her fiance “isn’t a particularly smelly guy” but every time the woman catches “any kind of smell from him” it’s a “huge turn-off.”
Upset by this dilemma, the woman says: “It’s lessening my attraction to him and I have no idea what to do about it; I absolutely adore him and it would be a stupid “deal-breaker” because every human being produces smells.”
Attraction is in the smell, according to science.
“We sense smells via the olfactory system. Perceivable smells likely do play a role in attraction, or lack of attraction, in people,” Lindsey Bordone, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center told GQ.
In response to this conundrum, Prudence encouraged the woman to talk to her fiancée about this problem and “generally clue him in on the fact that your long-term recovery is still an ongoing struggle” and maybe occasionally ask him to brush his teeth or reapply deodorant as the woman’s smell “readjusts.”
We hope the woman is able to get her normal sense of smell back soon!