There are many stereotypes that portray men as sex-obsessed machines. Books, television shows, and movies often feature characters and plot points that assume men are crazy about sex and women are only concerned with romance.
But is it true? What do we know about the male sex drive? So what stereotypes about the male sex drive are true? How do men compare to women? Men think about sex all day long A recent study at Ohio State University of over students debunks the popular myth that men think about sex every seven seconds.
That would mean 8, thoughts in 16 waking hours! The young men in the study reported thoughts of sex 19 times per day on average. The young women in the study reported an average of 10 thoughts about sex per day. So do men think about sex twice as much as women? Well, the study also suggested that men thought about food and sleep more frequently than women. Men masturbate more often than women In a study conducted in on adults in Guangzhou, China, The survey also suggested that a significant number of adults had a negative attitude toward masturbation , particularly women.
Men usually take 2 to 7 minutes to orgasm Masters and Johnson, two important sex researchers, suggest a Four-Phase Model for understanding the sexual response cycle: But the duration of each phase differs widely from person to person. Determining how long it takes a man or a woman to orgasm is difficult because the excitement phase and the plateau phase may begin several minutes or several hours before a person climaxes.
Men are more open to casual sex One study conducted in suggests that men are more willing than women to engage in casual sex. In the study, 6 men and 8 women approached men and women either at a nightclub or at a college campus. They issued an invitation for casual sex. A significantly higher proportion of men accepted the offer than women.
However, in the second part of the same study conducted by these researchers, women appeared more willing to accept invitations for casual sex when they were in a safer environment. Women and men were shown pictures of suitors and asked whether or not they would consent to casual sex.
The gender difference in responses disappeared when women felt they were in a safer situation. The difference between these two studies suggests that cultural factors like social norms can have a big impact on the way that men and women seek out sexual relationships.
Gay male couples have more sex than lesbian couples This myth is difficult to prove or to debunk. Gay men and lesbian women have a variety of sexual experiences just like heterosexual men and women. Single gay men living in urban cities have a reputation for having a significant number of partners. But gay men engage in all kinds of relationships. Some lesbian couple use sex toys to engage in penetrative intercourse. Other lesbian couples consider sex to be mutual masturbation or caressing. Sources of arousal can vary greatly from person to person.
Sexual norms and taboos often shape the way that men and women experience sexuality and can impact the way they report it in surveys. This makes it difficult to scientifically prove that men are biologically not inclined toward romantic arousal. Sex drive and the brain Sex drive is usually described as libido. There is no numeric measurement for libido. Instead, sex drive is understood in relevant terms. For example, a low libido means a decreased interest or desire in sex. The male libido lives in two areas of the brain: They are so important, in fact, that a man can have an orgasm simply by thinking or dreaming about a sexual experience.
The cerebral cortex is the gray matter that makes up the outer layer of the brain. This includes thinking about sex. When you become aroused, signals that originate in the cerebral cortex can interact with other parts of the brain and nerves. Some of these nerves speed up your heart rate and blood flow to your genitals. They also signal the process that creates an erection.
The limbic system includes multiple parts of the brain: These parts are involved with emotion, motivation, and sex drive. Researchers at Emory University found that viewing sexually arousing images increased activity in the amygdalae of men more than it did for women.
However, there are many parts of the brain involved with sexual response, so this finding does not necessarily mean that men are more easily aroused than women. Testosterone is the hormone most closely associated with male sex drive. Produced mainly in the testicles, testosterone has a crucial role in a number of body functions, including: Testosterone levels tend to be higher in the morning and lower at night.
Loss of libido Sex drive can decrease with age. But sometimes a loss of libido is tied to an underlying condition. The following can cause a decrease in sex drive: If you are experiencing mental health issues, talk to your doctor. He or she may prescribe medication or suggest psychotherapy. An endocrine disorder may decrease male sex hormones. Certain medical conditions, like sleep apnea , can cause low testosterone levels, which can impact your sex drive.
Some medications can impact your libido. For instance, some antidepressants , antihistamines, and even blood pressure medications can impair erections.
Your doctor may be able to suggest an alternative. Only you can measure what is normal for your sex drive. If you are experiencing libido changes, talk to your doctor. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to someone about your sexual desires, but a medical professional may be able to help you. Outlook Does the male sex drive ever go away? For many men, the libido will never completely disappear. For most men, libido will certainly change over time. The way you make love and enjoy sex will likely change over time as well, as will the frequency.
But sex and intimacy can be a pleasurable part of aging.