Women's Running: Health Q&A

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Does running affect sexual performance? 

Many women experience an increase in their sex drive as they become fitter, although this leap in libido is likely to be more psychological than hormonal, according to Dr Mona Shangold, author of The Complete Sports Medicine Book for Women. Research suggests that while there is a temporary increase in testosterone production when women run (which can raise libido), the effect is too short-lived for it to raise sex drive. 

The more likely explanation for why female runners may experience an increased sex drive is that running improves body image, energy levels and confidence. It also helps to reduce stress and improve your mood, both of which will tend to make you more amorous. Be warned, though: overtraining can reduce sexual desire.

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I've been running for half a year, now, but I haven't had the guts to participate at a competition, because I'm afraid everyone else is better than me ... I am physically healthy, I've even had a tele radiology test last week to check myself. I should probably buy the book, reading usually gives me a lot of confidence.

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:19

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