The season of the rising libido, or not?

Temperature is rising, skirts are getting shorter and beach waves are calling. Yes, it’s summer again! I spontaneously start humming “I can feel it coming in the air tonight” by Phill Collins.

What is it with these hot summer nights and the rise of new romances? Falling for someone is always something special, but when it happens during summer, it feels even more magical.

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Long walks on the beach, holding hands on the boardwalk, dinner for two by candle light at the poolside, a fling, or two... It may sound a bit cheesy, but honestly, who doesn’t like a portion of good old fashioned romance? And one thing leads to another, doesn’t it?! But do we actually have more sex during summer?

As I start reading on the subject, I’m surprised to discover that research has shown something different than what I had in mind.

I was of the understanding that, during summer, we all have more energy to go out at night, that we want to break free from our monotonous everyday life and feel young & wild again. Studies show that testosterone hits a peak during summer and that the surplus of light encourages growth of serotonin, the hormone that makes us feel happy. The warmer weather will not only make people dress lighter and expose more skin, it will also lead to more body sweat, which will release extra pheromones. Clearly summer love is a force beyond our control. So far so good for “my summer theory”.

During winter, on the other hand, we all spend more time inside. We make ourselves more comfortable at home. Combine the coziness with the fact that skin is rarely seen during the cold days and you have the perfect recipe for a sexy & spicy ‘disaster’.

A study (in the UK) about birth patterns shows that more women are impregnated in December. Birth records show that the UK's most popular birthday month is September (yes indeed, 9 months later…). Scientists even suggest that cold air improves sperm quality, explaining the higher birth-rates.

Putting both the seasons and the reasons together, I think I can conclude the following: sex during summer feels more primal, urgent and adventurous, while sex during winter times is more about warmth & intimacy, and maybe also about killing time, in the best way imaginable!

But let’s not talk about winter now. Summer is here! Enjoy it while it lasts! 

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Haroun Cherif
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