Does the Weather Affect Our Libido?

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Posted: August 14, 2014

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Each type of weather influences your sex drive one way or another. When you either feel like cuddling up to your partner to warm things up or just feel too hot to enjoy any sort of contact, it is definitely a result of the weather. Generally, a person’s normal body temperature is around 98° Fahrenheit (37° C), and any temperature over 85 (29° C) can cause so much sweat that the mood for sex simply goes away. Also, as the temperatures approach freezing point, you might get so cold that you don’t even want to think about getting naked with someone.

It’s true that winter is more of a time for cuddling than spring or summer, but actually the body is more likely to have a high sex drive during the spring. The reason behind this difference is hormones. Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) is the hormone that boosts sex drive for women, and bright sunlight causes the body to create it. MSH also has connections to regulating the generation of melanin, which darkens the skin to give it protection from harmful UV rays.

In both men and women, serotonin is a transmitter of feelings of pleasure. During the spring and summer, the body produces more serotonin than in other times of the year, and some studies have found that when the sun is brighter, the body produces more of it. This is another reason why you are more in the mood to have sex in the springtime.

However, when the summer turns to autumn, your sex drive starts to dwindle again. You’re not getting as much direct sunlight as you were – which means your serotonin levels are going down. This chemical tells the body to feel pleasure and it increases your overall desire to have sex. Indeed, this hormone, which serves as fuel for the engine that runs your sex-drive, drops to its nadir during the winter months. Instead, the body generates melatonin, which works in the opposite way as serotonin. Instead of making you feel good, melatonin makes you feel more sluggish and less enthusiastic. The darker environment of the wintertime means that, even though the lights are off longer, you are likely to be much less into sex.

Changes in the weather outside and in your own neurotransmitter have a more significant effect on some than it does on others. This has to do with the fact that multiple factors influence your sex life, starting with your physical condition. Obesity is one of the main reasons why people lose interest in sex. However, if this lack of interest accompanies sugar cravings, excess amounts of sleep, weight gain and depression, you might suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or you might have other things going on in your life that are causing you stress and keeping you out of the mood. It might be worth talking to your doctor for insight into your own situation.

With very few nice days so far in 2014 all we can say here at Marital Affair is – roll on summer!