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Does Weather affect your Sex Drive?

Every type of weather has a distinct influence on your sex drive. Whether you would feel like warming up to your partner in bed or feel too hot to even touch him/her is certainly determined by the weather. The normal temperature of a person is around 37 degree Celsius and any temperature above 27 degrees can cause sweat which dampens the mood for sex. Likewise, temperatures close to 5 degree Celsius or below can leave your body too cold to consider sex.

Reason for better sex drive in summer and spring

Although you feel like cuddling under a quilt more in winter than spring, why is the latter associated with improved sex drive? The reason is hormones. A hormone that stimulates sex called Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) increases the sex drive in women and it is secreted in the body when there is bright sunlight. MSH is linked to regulation of synthesis of melanin too, which turns your skin to a darker shade to protect it from harm of UV rays.

In men and women both, the feel good neurotransmitter called serotonin is produced more in the brain during spring and summer. Many studies have shown that with an increase in luminosity of sunlight, the production of serotonin also increases. That is why you feel like having sex more in spring.

Why does your sex drive diminish in fall and winter?

You no longer want to hop in the bed with your partner come fall. The main reason for this is the less intensity of sunlight leading to reduced production of serotonin, the feel good hormone that promotes sex drive. This hormone which acts as a fuel for your sex drive is at its lowest levels during winter. It is replaced by melatonin, which works in the opposite way to the former. The darkened environment during winter is a downer for sex as melatonin is produced in large quantities instead of serotonin.

Such changes in weather and the neurotransmitter have a greater impact on some people than others. This is because of the other factors that affect sex life, the most important of which is a person’s physiology. But if your lost interest in sex comes with excessive sleep, sugar cravings, depression and weight gain, it is a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Get in touch with a consultant to have the right treatment for the condition. It is a condition which can be treated and can happen in any season. Some people are affected by it summer while others in winter.