How Winter Affects Your Sex Life
Ah the cold, cozy winter evenings. You know the ones we’re talking about when all you want to do is wrap yourself in a huge blanket, relax in front of the fire – and have sex. That’s at least according to a number of U.S. studies regarding seasonal effects on sensuality; winter is when we all start getting a little hot under the collar (of our puffy down jackets). However, popular culture seems to agree with the numbers (it is cuffing season after all!) So let’s dive into what your sex life really looks like in winter!
Let’s Look at the Nippy Weather Numbers
Did you know that the most common shared birthday is September 16th? This means that most babies are conceived in December (August is when the least babies are conceived).
That alone doesn’t prove that winter is when we can expect an uptick in our sexual encounters, but despite the increase in conceptions, the holidays also see a jump in the sales of condoms. Twice as many are sold the week before Christmas than the week after, further indicating that many are enjoying a holly jolly holiday indeed!
And ladies, winter is when you can truly feel your sexiest, as a Polish study found that men find women more attractive in winter than in the summer months. Is it the increased coverage of skin that winter clothing provides that gets the imagination going?
Season Specific Sex Drive Suppressors
Of course, there are a few winter-specific situations that don’t necessarily lend themselves to extended sessions under the mistletoe. Holiday stress, not to mention having family visiting, can certainly cool your hotter passions. So what’s to be done about it, if you find yourself experiencing a cold climate sexual upswing? You know that we have a few ideas!
The chillier evenings make it a perfect time to spend with a partner getting closer with a sensual massage using massage oil candles. As things get too hot to handle, then spread some joy with a wearable couples’ vibrator that shares sensations – let it snow, indeed!
Katy Thorn is a post-grad writer with a passion for writing about sex, sexuality, and all things rated R. She received her degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in Intersectionality at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). She has a cat named Yoko, drinks too much black coffee, and hates writing bios.