Testosterone Makes Women Masturbate

Testosterone Makes Women Masturbate

Orgasms.xxx_.2011-12-10.Jessica.Cutie_.Pie_.84.2667x4000Testosterone is considered to be the manly hormone, the chemical bestower of virility and the cause for guys’ high sex drives. But the recent study turns this conventional wisdom on its head. In healthy guys, it turns out, testosterone isn’t connected with the sexual desire at all. And in girls, high testosterone is in fact associated with lower libido in sex with a partner.

To make the picture even more complicated, while high-testosterone women may be less interested in sex with a partner, high testosterone is connected with greater interest in masturbation in healthy girls, according to the study detailed online in May in the journal called Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The discoveries are unique while the majority of researches of sexual desire and hormones use either animal subjects or focus on persons with abnormally low or high testosterone who come into clinics for cure, said researcher Sari van Anders who is a behavioral neuroendocrinologist at the University of Michigan. Healthy people are rarely studied, he says.

Van Anders also tells that people have argued that sex study focuses too much on dysfunction and pharmaceutical treatment as opposed to questions like stress, relationships or pleasure. There is an entire scope of factors that go unstudied.

Delving into desire

When people do research factors like stress and body image regarding people’s sex lives, they rarely look how hormones influence at the same time. Van Anders did it differently. She found volunteers from university classes and community fliers to fill out questionnaires on their relationships, moods and stress, and their own feelings about their sexuality and bodies. These questions were compound to get at factors that have an impact on people’s sex lives: How happy are you in general? How stressed? Are you self-conscious about your body when having sex?

The 196 volunteers (91 girls and 105 guys) also gave answers to questions about how often they had partnered sex and masturbated, and how often they were interested in masturbation or having sex with a partner. Persons tend to think of desire as a separate phenomenon, but the desire to have sex may come from a different area than the desire to masturbate, van Anders told.

She also said when you’re feeling sexual desire for a sexual partner there might be other factors that play into that, for instance, how you felt about that partner that day, how attracted you feel to that partner, how attractive you feel to that partner, your relationship and things like that. Solitary desire may be more internal and less impacted by social factors like relationship pleasure, van Anders said.

How testosterone influences libido?

Each research participant gave a saliva sample to be hormonally analyzed. Van Anders measured testosterone the same way as cortisol, a hormone released during stress (a known libido-killer.) Then she compared low-versus-high testosterone participants and their self-reported ranges of sexual interest. In guys, she found, testosterone levels had nothing to do with how much they thought about sex, solitary or partnered.

Various studies have discovered that men generally want sex more often than women. And guys also produce more testosterone than girls. These two facts led to the belief that testosterone is the reason of the sexual desire, van Anders said. But that idea is based on animal researches and studies of guys who produce abnormally low levels of testosterone. In guys in the healthy range, an extra spurt of the testosterone doesn’t seem to impact interest in getting busy.

Van Anders also noticed that in this regular, healthy range of testosterone, it’s high enough that the variations are not what is driving any alterations. There have been researches, though very few, displaying the same results.

Things get more complicated when the speech is about girls. Women with higher testosterone level reported less interest in partnered sex. It seems strange at first, but the finding fits with previous evidence, van Anders notices. For instance, girls in long-term relationships have been shown to have lower testosterone. It could be that their sexual partner libido relates to a need to be close and connected as opposed to simply a need for satisfaction, van Anders said. On the other side, higher testosterone might reflect higher stress in girls. Testosterone is secreted by the adrenal glands, which go into overdrive as stress comes.

Solitary sexual need was higher in the higher-testosterone girls, such that the 27 women in the research who reported no interest in masturbation at all had lower testosterone than the girls who reported they sometimes felt desire to masturbate. The discovery bolsters the idea that libido for a sexual partner is more impacted by social factors, van Anders reported, while solitary desire is more innate.

Differences of gender

Then, van Anders looked into the urgent question of why guy, on average, want sex more frequently than the average girl. Sure enough, she discovered that testosterone wasn’t the culprit. This hormone’s levels didn’t explain the differences in sexual interest between men and women. The only factor that did connect to gender differences was masturbation. Men masturbated more than girls and showed more sexual desire (with a partner or without it). Girls masturbated less, and reported less interest.

There is no way to say from this study whether the sexual interest or the masturbation comes first. But there’re intriguing hints that probably the difference in masturbation habits could explain the desire gap, van Anders told. Sex therapists frequently tell low-desire patients to try starting sex or masturbation even in case they feel they don’t want. Frequently, the desire follows.

Despite female masturbation isn’t a taboo anymore, it’s still somewhat stigmatized in comparison with male masturbation, van Anders says. It’s possible that girls simply don’t practice revving up their sexual interest as much as guys do. She also adds that the idea is that if girls aren’t comfortable with their genitals and masturbation, and if they don’t think it’s okay and refrain from doing it and don’t show their interest, after a while, the interest might change as well.

The next step, van Anders said, is a better handling of the desire concept, focusing on social factors and not simply pharmaceutical fixes for low sexual interest. Persons frequently think that the desire comes first and makes them seek out sexual satisfaction, she said. In reality, desire is a lot like hunger, van Anders noticed. You might eat because you’re starving, or because you’re bored, or because it’s 7 p.m. and that’s the time for a dinner.

She also adds, when you’re saying you desire sexuality with another individual, what are you desiring and are persons desiring different things sometimes? Are some individuals more desiring to be with their sexual partner, to give them pleasure, to have a boring sexual life, or for their own satisfaction?


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