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Does your sex drive fluctuate?

Asked by nikipedia (27526points) April 28th, 2008

I looked through the old questions and they seemed mostly to discuss sex after having kids. How about under ordinary circumstances? Is your interest in sex generally equivalent from day to day, or do you have days/weeks/months(/years?) when it’s significantly stronger or weaker?

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wildflower's avatar

It fluctuates.

scamp's avatar

Yes. I think everyones does to some degree.

peedub's avatar

MIne completely fluctuates, depending on a variety of factors. To name only of a few that I’m aware of: who I’m around, what toxins or lack of I have in my body, how healthy I happen to be, the time of year, what I’m smelling, hearing, tasting, etc…

nikipedia's avatar

Anyone willing to release details? How often it changes and/or by how much?

iceblu's avatar

nope lol I’m available 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year =]

peedub's avatar

I would say I’m available all of the time as well, just sometimes, really available.

wildflower's avatar

It does have a lot to do with stimulation, but I also think activity, stress and energy levels play a big part. Not to mention emotional state.

peedub's avatar

That’s true, stress can help or hinder such things, greatly.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

Yes. My libido is generally high, but it does fluctuate.

psyla's avatar

A person’s sex drive fluctuates based on hormonal stimulation. Release of the stimulating hormones is cyclical but is also triggered by sense receptors, such as sight, sound, smell, & especially pheremones detected by the voremonasal organ in the nose. Both men & women have hormonal cycles. Any contact with plastic objects causes the body to absorb chemicals that mimic female hormones. Both men & women naturally have both male & female hormones in their bodies. Contact with plastic increases a female hormone response.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

Phermones! Damn them. Without going into any detail I could tell you exactly when my wife is ovulating.

PupnTaco's avatar

Not here. Pretty much 24/7.

psyla's avatar

Pheremones are mainly transmitted from glands in the armpits. In many countries, such as Germany, women do not shave their armpits. I know of no scientific study on this, but I would theorize that shaven armpits would emit fresher pheremones, somewhat like how bread has a great aroma when it’s freshly baked. My theory might be only half baked.

soundedfury's avatar

Alright, if you are a male and 18–27, don’t even bother responding. Yes, we know it’s 24/7. Mine was insane and irresponsible during that time frame.

Now that I’ve reached 30, I’m actually much happier with my sex drive as it has leveled off quite a bit. Certainly a lot easier to create meaningful relationships when I’m not trying to rocket to the clitoris. I’m certainly finding that I’m not lying in bed thinking “Oh my god, she’s a freaking moron” so often.

To answer your question directly Niki, yeah, it fluctuates and always had. Even in my wilder, misspent youth it would fluctuate quite a bit. Lately it’s connected to my stress levels and my intellectual desire.

scamp's avatar

@psyla I think your theory is interesting, but what significance would hair or lack of hair have in the production of pheromones? How would it change either the rate of production or the consistancy?

judochop's avatar

Indeed, I live in the Northwest and the weather plays a huge part on my drive.
The other thing that plays in to it greatly is smells.

Babo's avatar

I fluctuate!

psyla's avatar

Armpit hair provides an attachment place for pheremone residual. Most secretions are either oils or proteins in a water base. Tiny amounts of pheremone are amazingly effective, so any oil/protein pheremone residual on hair would likely retain effectiveness.

peedub's avatar

What biology text are you getting this stuff from?

nikipedia's avatar

@psyla: Let’s not go nuts here. My friend wikipedia tells me that “A few well-controlled scientific studies have been published suggesting the possibility of pheromones in humans.” So to say that “tiny amounts of pheromone are amazingly effective” seems to be taking a few logical leaps. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheromones#Human_pheromones)

Same thing with “any contact with plastic objects”. I think you’re referring to bisphenol A? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_a#Health_effects

Info on other plastics: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/which-plastics-are-safe.html

psyla's avatar

Shaving the armpit will cause tiny scars which would slightly hinder pheremone production. I’m not using a biology or anatomy text, I’m just speculating based on what little is known. My guess would be that probably ancient Chinese culture has produced a few archaic tomes that, when Western civilization finds and publishes them, we’ll get all the truth about this.

soundedfury's avatar

@niki – Yeah, as of right now the presence of pheromones has been suggest in humans but not conclusively proven or detected. It’s simply poor science to say that any of the studies prove the existence of pheromones – in fact, most of them has purposefully and skillfully avoiding saying anything about their existence.

They just report behavior and suggest that the findings are consistent with pheromonal activity (as well as other possible explanations).

peedub's avatar

@psyla- sorry, you know your stuff, and very interesting.

psyla's avatar

No problem, peedub, you have insight, I do sound like a text! I thought to myself, “my brain has become a theoretical science textbook!”. Science offers proof to create facts, but it often happens that a new discovery, such as Einstein’s theory for example, completely overturns the previously believed “facts”. I believe that what a person believes becomes true for them. The trick is to truly believe it, but that’s another topic. It’s dangerous to believe what we’re told without questioning or theorizing on it. Scientific facts will always be limited by our technology and insight. A good question to illustrate this is “Does television accurately depict human life?”.

PupnTaco's avatar

Actually I’m male, age 43. Still 24/7. :/

delirium's avatar

Absolutely. Usually with the time of the month, or with who i’m around.

ninjaxmarc's avatar

fluctuates because of work stress.
Recently I’ve learned not to allow it to
completely stress me out.

psyla's avatar

Mental or physical stress, especially too much time spent in the intellect can cause a rebound effect and increase sexual cravings. It’s a fluctuation of energy between the 2 magnetic poles of the body, the brain at the top of the trunk and the genitals at the bottom. These energy centers were intensively studied in ancient India, and are called “Chakras”.

Britcraft86's avatar

Nah, I think I might be a nympho. haha. But yeah it will eventually. It’s suppose to for everyone. So don’t worry, or you could try different thing to get you back to being in the mood, toys, outfits, etc.

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