This Saturday, September 22, we in the northern hemisphere will say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Besides bringing in crisper temperatures, falling leaves and, yes, pumpkin spice-flavored everything, fall can give us a boost in our sex lives.
Researchers in Norway found that autumn is the season when our levels of testosterone—for both men and women—are higher than at any other time of the year. Specifically, October and November are the months where testosterone seems to be at its peak. So when the temperatures cool off, we seem to heat up!
But wait, there’s more! A study in the journal Perception shows that men think women’s bodies are more attractive in cooler weather. And back to that that pumpkin spice flavor: Researcher Dr. Alan Hirsch reports that just the smell of pumpkin pie can make men more sexually aroused, often because the smell reminds them of happy holiday memories.
One more couples fact: Seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles show that in summer, there are more breakups or seasonal hookups. In the fall, however, Facebook status posts tend to lean toward “In a Relationship,” indicating that it’s not just spring when a young man’s fancy turns to love—but it can happen in the fall, as well!
You can read more about the changing of the seasons and your love life here.