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Springtime sun = better sex

Posted in Sexual Health 21 Mar, 2011

Today is the first day of spring! Finally, following months of cold weather, we can look forward to some sunny relief. Sunlight gives us vitamin D, which is important for maintaining healthy skin amongst other things. On top of this vitamin D also raises men’s testosterone levels (according to researchers from the Medical University of Graz in Austria), which can potentially improve sex life. It’s one more reason to get out of the house and soak up the sun.

The Austrian experts found that average male testosterone is subject to the same fluctuations over the year as male testosterone. Both decline in October, as cold winter weather starts and the sun hides away. Lowest levels are typically in March, when solar radiation is generally at a low point (although recent weather has been so good, could this year be an exception?)

Testosterone is responsible for the development of the sex organs, sperm production, and male desire. Low testosterone may induce erectile dysfunction in men (a problem for which medical treatments such as Viagra can help). Ad Brand, a spokesman of the Sunlight Research Forum in Veldhoven in the Netherlands, said: “Men who ensure their body is at least sufficiently supplied with vitamin D are doing good for their testosterone levels and their libido among other things.”

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