Winter is better for your sex life, studies show.

Despite fears over the shrinkage which comes with “winter penis,” you’re still better off, as your sex drive, testicles and fertility levels are all higher around the festive period.



And that’s not even factoring in the increased tendency for people to hook up when it’s colder—it is cuffing season, after all—and to celebrate cultural and religious holidays with sexual gusto.

Winter means better sex for women too

The coldest months also seem to be more enjoyable for women, with a 2005 study at Groningen University in the Netherlands showing that 80 percent of women orgasm when they have socks on, compared to just 50 percent who do so when their feet are bare.

Three women get extremely close on a sleigh in the snow
Women are more likely to orgasm while wearing socks—and winter is a great time for socks (Pexels)

And if you happen to be a woman who is sexually interested in men, there’s even more good news: men will be more attracted to you when the weather outside is frightful.

According to a study published by researchers in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2008, women’s bodies appeal most to men in winter and least in summer, with the scientists theorising that this could be because clothes get less revealing when it gets cold.

Winter sex is more comfortable and potent

Whoever you’re having sex with, research from 1990 shows that testosterone levels peak in December—or November, if you’re on the younger side—which can lead to increased libido.

Everyone also seems to get swept up in the holiday spirit, according to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight which shows that the most popular birthdays in the US are September 9 and September 19.

Some quick maths reveals that all signs point to December being a month full of sex—and increased fertility levels, if that’s something you’re after.

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“People self-regulate their feelings of social warmth through physical warmth”

— John A. Bargh and Idit Shalev

This is backed up by the fact that sperm is healthier, more prevalent and better at moving around in winter than any other season, according to a study from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Simply put, balls function better when there’s less chance of them overheating. Ideally, they’d like to live life two degrees colder than the rest of the body.

Turns out some like it cold.

People with testicles will also be happy to hear that they stay higher up your body in winter, according to Fatherly, meaning less chance of them getting injured or stuck in situations they have no business being in.

Whatever your gender, you’re also likely to take longer in the shower or bath during winter, meaning—in theory, at least—that you’ll be cleaner.

This is because, according to an American study in 2012, “people tend to self-regulate their feelings of social warmth through applications of physical warmth.”

You subconsciously feel lonelier when it’s colder, and therefore crave the physical warmth which comes from a hot cleaning session in the bathroom.

Warmth can of course also be achieved through a festive fling, so if you have a willing partner—or multiple partners—then it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.




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