London - The times of the day when male and female libidos are out of synch: 6am.
Why do men often feel most amorous first thing in the morning, while women would prefer to snooze?
Overnight, men’s levels of testosterone rise steadily.
Ashley Grossman, professor of Neuroendocrinology at Oxford University, says: “At night, the brain turns on the endocrine gland which floods the male body with testosterone – and that hormone is overwhelmingly the main driver of sexual arousal in men.”
For women, it’s by no means the whole story. “Only 30 to 40 percent of female sex drive is down to hormones,” says consultant gynaecologist Gabrielle Downey, of the Birmingham BMI Priory Hospital and the Birmingham Gynaecology Clinic. “The rest is down to emotional and neurological input.”
A woman’s sex hormones are lowest on waking, rising gradually through the day – while for men, the moment they open their eyes their testosterone levels will be at their highest (between 25 to 50 percent more than at any other time of the day). –