- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A new study finds a correlation between a man’s strenuous exercise regimen and a lower sex drive, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill surveyed more than 1,000 men, many of whom were athletes. 

“The men whose exercise routines were moderate or light in intensity or duration were far more likely to report moderate or high libidos than were the men whose workouts were especially prolonged or intense, even after the researchers controlled for age,” said the Times. 

“Clinicians who treat male patients for sexual disorders and, or council [sic] couples on infertility issues should consider the degree of endurance exercise training a man is performing as a potential complicating factor,” according to the study’s abstract, available online here.

That said, the study involved a small sample size and subjective evaluations by subjects who answered questionnaires.

“It is impossible to know whether they were truthful or representative of the rest of their gender,” The Times observed, and, what’s more, the study only shows a correlation between strenuous workouts and lower libido, not necessarily a causal relationship, much less answering “why strenuous exercise might dampen libidos.”

But one UNC researcher has a working theory.

According to study coordinator Anthony Hackney, both exhaustion from intense workouts and lower levels of testosterone, thanks to those workouts, may be to blame.


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