Men’s sex-drive hormone levels drop after 12 months
Weelll weelll well well. This certainly goes against the evangelical Christian propaganda that married sex will be regular, hot, and steamy. Not so, says this article.
By the way, when evangelicals promise hot, great sex, I think they generally have only men in mind. They don’t seem to care if women find sex enjoyable or not, as they often (incorrectly) assume that women seek only emotional connection and do not enjoy sex.
(Link): Forget the seven-year itch, it’s the first anniversary which is key: Men’s sex-drive hormone levels drop after 12 months
- Significant fall in testosterone after 12 months with a steady partner
- During the first year a man is poised to fight off competition
- Scientists interviewed 75 men aged between 18 and 39 about sex drive
- By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
For years, the test of a relationship was that it had survived the seven-year itch.
Now it appears the turning point is the first anniversary because it is then that a man’s testosterone level – the key to his sex drive – drops dramatically.
Researchers said that during the first year a man is poised to fight off competition from rivals while keeping an eye out for a more suitable mate.
But they found that after 12 months with a steady partner comes a ‘significant’ fall in testosterone.
The scientists interviewed 75 men aged between 18 and 39 about the state of their relationship and its duration.
They also tested levels of testosterone and found they began to fall off sharply after the 12-month mark – the end of a ‘new’ relationship. For those in a serious long-term partnership, hormone levels dropped by almost a third.
Lead author Dr Daniel Farrelly, of Worcester University, said the biological change may explain why the date has become significant socially as a marker of a couple’s commitment to each other.
‘Although such landmarks are not part of our evolutionary history, it would perhaps be adaptive for a man’s internal perception and evaluation of their current relationship to be affected by external cues such as this either consciously or not,’ he said.
The study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology added: ‘Results showed that levels of testosterone of single men and men in new relationships did not differ, but both had significantly greater levels of testosterone than men in long-term relationships.’
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