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Spring Fever And Your Spiking Sex Drive, Debunked

Research points to people being at their horniest in the late fall and early winter.

Many people assume that springtime is responsible for their boosted libidos. And it makes sense. Birds, bees, and woodland creatures all seem to be getting it on just as the snow thaws. Alas, the science suggests that you are nothing more than randomly horny (and no more likely to get laid than any other season) come springtime—no matter what those rabbits are doing your yard.

“The research doesn’t really fit with the spring fling in sex drive,” urologist Paul Turek told Fatherly. Perhaps the rumor started because of frisky squirrels; perhaps it’s that spring just feels like a great time for sex, Turek muses. “Everything becomes easier in spring and, as life’s fundamental needs are met more easily, attention turns toward the fun, the fancy, and sex.”

There isn’t a ton of firm data on the how sex is shaped by the seasons, but multiple studies suggest that spring is among the least sexy months. Men’s testosterone levels peak throughout the winter and women’s testosterone levels (also involved in sex drives) peak during the fall and summer. At least one study found that men have the lowest testosterone levels and sperm counts in the spring, and studies suggest that men find women most attractive in the winter.

One of the only data points in favor of spring fever surrounds sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents, which peak during the springtime. But that could be chalked up to behavior. Suffice to say you’re probably spending your spring breaks very, very differently than the average teenager.

In a word, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that springtime is no aphrodisiac. And, if there is anything even resembling a human mating season, you missed it last winter. Turek acknowledges, however, that springtime may feel sexy—even if it totally isn’t. “Maybe men and women feel like having more sex in the spring but don’t actually do it,” he suggests.