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How a defeat in sports can effect sexual desire

Men: have you ever felt a loss of sexual desire after your team loses a big game? Women: have you noticed your male partners become more sexually interested after he watches a game on TV and his team won? Research done during the 1994 World Cup has shown it’s not just due to the change in a man’s mood; it’s hormonal as well.

Perhaps hard to believe, but the mind-body connection in so strong that men’s testosterone levels vary depending on whether his favored team wins or loses, and the bigger and more important the event, the bigger may be the effect.

A serious research study of male college students was published in Physiology and Behavior that measured the salivary testosterone levels (which mirror blood levels) of the students before and after they watched the final of the 1994 World Cup on television, and then, in another situation, when they saw a game at a stadium.

The television study was done on 26 students who were attending college in the United States during the 1994 World Cup. Twelve students were of Brazilian descent, and 14 were Italian descent. The researchers measured their testosterone levels before the game and soon after Brazil won in penalty kicks.

After Brazil won, the average testosterone level increased by about 20% in the Brazilians, but the Italians showed about a 20% drop in testosterone. Previous research has shown that the actual players in sports events, such as martial arts, tennis, and wrestling, have a rise in their testosterone levels after a win, and this sort of rise was even seen in mental competitions, such as chess matches.

So if you win, or your team wins, your sexual interest may temporarily surge, but unfortunately the opposite occurs if your team loses. You might totally lose interest in intercourse for a while until your mood and self-esteem recuperate along with your testosterone levels.

Scientists have shown that being a fan of a sports team is good for your mental health. Men or women who feel connected to a team tend to have higher self-esteem, and have less chance of feeling lonely as they feel connected to others who have the same team spirit.

Identifying with a team can be good for you psychologically, and now you know your hormone levels change depending on who wins. Let’s hope for many more wins in our future!

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