I’ve been asking myself this very same question for years. “How can I feel tired/bloated/crampy/hungry/sore and horny all at the same time?” One minute I’ll be asking my partner to rub my back…and the next, I’ll want to be on my back. It just doesn’t make any sense!
Turns out it’s really common to be horny around the time of your period. Arousal patterns are often associated with hormonal cycles and it is true that some women get very turned on just before their period starts.
You can also feel very frisky around the time of ovulation, which makes sense if you think about it in terms of pro-creation. If you’re feeling more aroused when you’re ovulating it can mean more time in the sack, which can improve your chances of conception.
Science backs this up. There are biological factors that promote intercourse during a woman’s six fertile days of the menstruation cycle. And other researchers say that there is an increase in libido around the time of ovulation.
Levels of reproductive hormones influence sexual desire and these levels vary greatly throughout the monthly cycle, with highs, lows and bursts of different neuroendocrine chemicals that surge through the brain and affect us in many ways.
As these hormones do their thing, other influences are also at play– such as surroundings, one’s mood, music, smell, and the visuals. And don’t forget about certain foods!
We say go for it, and embrace those “randy” feelings. After all, orgasms will help relieve your cramps!
And if you’d like to learn even more about the menstrual cycle, check out this vintage Walt Disney video, circa 1946.
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