Coffee and Sex Drive
Alright ladies and gentleman I’m ready to talk about two things I enjoy: sex and coffee! Probably not at the same time, that would be though. But is coffee good or bad for your sex drive? In this article, we’ll look at what the research says about your libido and java.
How coffee Impacts Male Sex Drive
A study published in PLOS ONE from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston discovered something interesting. Men who drink the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of joe per day will likely have fewer issues getting up, if you know what I mean (wink wink).
That’s right, coffee can help with erectile dysfunction. According to the study, authors of the published work found that men who consumed between 85 and 170 milligrams of caffeine per day were actually 42 percent less likely to feel the impact of erectile dysfunction.
Those who had slightly more caffeine, we’re talking about 171 to 303 milligrams, had been only 39 percent less likely to have trouble standing at attention.
This research is important because it shows just how caffeine can impact the body’s blood flow.
The only group that did not get the benefits were the men with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes messes with your blood sugar levels, which stresses out the adrenal glands and can impact your hormones. Diabetes is actually a major contributing factor when it comes to erectile dysfunction.
How Coffee Impacts Female Sex Drive
There is research that supports the idea that caffeine may put women in the mood for love. In 2006, an experiment with female rats showed that the females with caffeine shots went back to the male rats for a second round of sex. They were specifically looking to mate again and weren’t interested in socializing with other females.
Now, more research needs to be conducted. This doesn’t mean that coffee is an automatic aphrodisiac. It seemed to impact the subjects that never had caffeine more so than the others. So if you’re already a heavy coffee drinker, it may not have the same impact.
Obviously, rats and humans are different. But the psychology of how sexual encounters play out does seem familiar. Their courtship behavior does have some parallels to how some humans handle courtship.
Fay Guarraci, Ph.D., and an assistant professor of psychology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, states, “The female seems to control the mating encounter… So when a male and female rat are ready to mate, the female does all the gatekeeping for the male.”
Right now, Guarraci’s research is attempting to find the specifics when it comes to chemistry and brain structure for sexual motivation in mammals (yup, that means humans as well as rats).
So if you are a female who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee, you’re probably more likely to enjoy the benefits of a boosted sex drive, according to the research.
Whether it’s cozying up with a morning cup of coffee, or being intimate with the one you love, having that human connection is a beautiful thing. More research needs to be done, but it looks like coffee might help men with erectile dysfunction and boost the sex drive of women who don’t regularly consume caffeine. Regardless, love who you’re with, enjoy that java and be good to each other.