We know. You want to store your lingerie in a trunk and hibernate until the first tulip pops up. Don’t do it, because you’ll be depriving yourself of quite a few mind-shattering sexual experiences by assuming great sex can’t be had when the thermometer dips way down low. Sure, we’ve been made to feel like our bodies are most desirable when they’re tanned and covered in sea salt, but those are all lies, lies, lies created by the makers of tanning oils (OK, I may have made that part up). We spoke with experts and uncovered seven awesome facts about sex in the colder months that will make you happy you live in a place that feels like a tundra.
1. Men crave more sex when it’s cold out
If you need more proof that they really are from Mars, look no further: In a study published by Psychology Today, 114 men were asked to rate the attractiveness of women over the course of one year. The colder it got, the more aroused they became by revealing photos of women. Scientists say men didn’t give a flip about our faces — which were the same level of pretty in both May and December — but became absolute hound dogs for our bodies in the autumn and winter.
Dr. Carlen Costa, a sexologist and relationship expert, explained: “As humans, we tend to want what we can’t have, so less skin means more opportunities to provoke fantasy and think about what’s hiding underneath all those layers of scarves and sweaters.”
Finally — an explanation for why the male crooner of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” always sounded so randy.
2. More babies are conceived in the fall
The most common birthday shared by people between the ages of 14 and 40 is Sept. 16. That, my friends, means people are getting it on in December. The least popular month to conceive is, believe it or not, August.
3. Men’s sperm count is lower in the summer
There could be a perfectly good explanation for why more babies are conceived in the wintertime: The quantity and concentration of sperm per ejaculation is actually lower in the summer than in any other season. While this doesn’t mean you should throw out your birth control the day you buy your bikini, it’s nice to know the universe isn’t simply torturing us with icy roads and frigid temperatures — if it means more adorable babies are born thanks to the cold.
4. Emotional connections may be stronger when it’s cold outside
Dr. Charley Ferrer, a clinical sexologist, sex expert and author, says everything about the colder months, including how we decorate our homes and workplaces for the holidays, makes us feel more emotional and heightens our desire to discover what is hidden beneath the surface of the people who attract us. “Couples cuddle together to seek warmth, not only from the cold, but from the distance they’ve sensed in their relationships,” Ferrer said. And, as we all know, the stronger attached we feel to someone else, the more intense sex can be.
5. It’s the best time to brush up on the classics (sex positions, that is)
Save the butter churner for July, because sex in the fall and winter calls for positions that generate more body heat and feel “cozy,” according to Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure. “People may be more self-conscious about their bodies and want positions that are less physically exposed or less vulnerable,” Levine said. Some December favorites include missionary with a pelvic lift and variations on spooning.
6. Fall and winter are when singles get most frisky
Lest you think all the fun cold-weather sex is exclusively for people in relationships, there’s some very good news for single ladies and men: With so many opportunities to be social (office parties, friends’ holiday parties), there’s no better time to meet a potential partner. Levine says the new year also inspires people stuck in unsatisfying relationships to reconsider who they are with and to either make a resolution to improve their situation with that partner (translation: better sex) or find a new love (translation: better sex). Either way, that means better sex for more people, which is always a reason to celebrate.
7. Statistics prove condoms are the best Christmas gift
If you go crazy every year trying to decide what to get the man in your life, a scholarly study released by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine proves you’re overthinking things. More than twice as many condoms are sold in the week before Christmas than the week after. See? Men don’t actually want video games or watches — they want sex. And that means a very merry Christmas to all.