Hormonal predictors of women's sexual motivation

Talia N. Shirazi, Heather Self, Khytam Dawood, Kevin A. Rosenfield, Lars Penke, Justin M. Carré, Triana Ortiz, David Andrew Puts

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Women's mating psychology may have evolved to track reproductive conditions, including conception risk, across and between ovulatory cycles. Alternatively, within-woman correlations between mating psychology and ovarian hormones may be byproducts of between-women relationships. Here, we examined associations between steroid hormones and two facets of sexual psychology with putatively different adaptive functions, sociosexual orientation and general sexual desire, in a sample of naturally cycling women (NC; n = 348, 87 of whom completed 2 sessions) and hormonally contracepting women (HC; n = 266, 65 of whom completed 2 sessions). Across two sessions, increases in estradiol predicted elevated sociosexual desire in NC women, and this relationship was stronger in women whose progesterone simultaneously decreased across sessions. Changes in hormones were not associated with changes in general sexual desire. Between-subjects differences in testosterone robustly, positively predicted sociosexuality and general sexual desire among NC women. Hormones were not consistently related to changes or differences in sexual psychology among HC women. The present results are consistent with testosterone contributing to individual differences, or modulating relatively long-term changes, in women's mating psychology. Further, our within-woman findings are consistent with the hypothesis that shifts in women's mating psychology may function to secure genetic benefits, and that these shifts are not byproducts of between-women associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-344
Number of pages9
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Motivation
psychology
Psychology
hormone
Hormones
hormones
testosterone
woman
Sexual
Predictors
byproducts
Testosterone
steroid hormones
steroid
long-term change
Individuality
Sexual Behavior
Progesterone
estradiol
Estradiol

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Shirazi, T. N., Self, H., Dawood, K., Rosenfield, K. A., Penke, L., Carré, J. M., ... Puts, D. A. (2019). Hormonal predictors of women's sexual motivation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 40(3), 336-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2019.02.002
Shirazi, Talia N. ; Self, Heather ; Dawood, Khytam ; Rosenfield, Kevin A. ; Penke, Lars ; Carré, Justin M. ; Ortiz, Triana ; Puts, David Andrew. / Hormonal predictors of women's sexual motivation. In: Evolution and Human Behavior. 2019 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 336-344.
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Shirazi TN, Self H, Dawood K, Rosenfield KA, Penke L, Carré JM et al. Hormonal predictors of women's sexual motivation. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2019 May 1;40(3):336-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2019.02.002