There’s a reason we feel sleepier and more like cosying up at home in winter than we do in summer, and it’s not just the colder weather. The changing of the seasons has been linked to changes in mood for a little while now, with the sun playing a big part in that. But can the changing seasons affect your sex drive as well? We take a little dive into the world of libido, and investigate whether people really do feel sexier in summer, and a few ways you can increase your sex drive naturally.
Can the sun impact your sex drive?
Summer is full of long, sunny, hot days in Australia, and is the time of year when people are out and about. Due to this, many people associate summer with the sexiest type of year. This could be due to the increase of vitamin D (which can help boost your sex drive), that people tend to spend more time at social events in the summer, and that exposed skin in the summertime can create more sexual interest.
Do testosterone levels fluctuate depending on the season?
Generally associated with men, testosterone actually plays a big part in both male and female libido. Despite the longer daylight hours and warm weather resulting in people getting more vitamin D in summer, studies have found that testosterone levels can actually drop during the hot months, and spike again in autumn. Testosterone levels were found to lower again in winter, although another study found that men found women more attractive during the colder months when they were covered up, as they’re less likely to see exposed female bodies.
What does all this mean?
Hormonally, humans tend to have the highest level of testosterone in the autumn, which means biologically that would be the month where people experience the highest sex drive. However, other factors like getting out and about more in summer can also impact libido, so sex drive doesn’t always boil down to pure hormones.
Natural ways to boost your sex drive
You can take libido into your own hands by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet full of healthy fats like those found in avocado and salmon (sounds like our Herb Crusted Salmon would be the perfect addition to this diet). Working out can also help increase your sex drive, as can ensuring you get enough sleep each night.
If a low sex drive is something you or your partner are worried about, it’s always best to see a doctor and discuss your concerns. In the meantime though, there’s no harm in experimenting with different foods and natural remedies for a boost in libido!
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