Does Testosterone Predict Sexual Behavior in Men and Women?

Does Testosterone Predict Sexual Behavior in Men and Women?

Can testosterone levels predict male sexual behavior?

LAST UPDATED: November 2018.

Author: Ben graduated with a Bachelors Degree from university in 2005. Since then he has worked in the corporate sector but established this site as a free resource for his research and findings in 2015.

Hormones and Sex

It is often said that those men who have higher levels of testosterone have more sex than their peers with lower amounts of testosterone.

And, there have been studies to prove that this is the case.

In fact there are strong relationships between testosterone level testing and increased sexual activity.

This is particularly positive for adolescent males.

However, there has been an area that lacks frequent testosterone level sample tests and sexual behavior.


Therefore a study was conducted to measure the levels of testosterone and monitor sexual activity frequency.

The research was spread over the course of a two year period and measurements were taken on a weekly basis.

This included both testosterone level samples and sexual activity reports.

Over time they repeated the test of measuring testosterone levels and comparing them against sexual activity levels.


Once the study was completed and the findings assessed it was concluded that high levels of testosterone were significantly associated with a higher level of sexual activity.

Increased levels of testosterone (particularly through the stages of puberty) and their timings are able to predict coital and non-coital levels of sexual activity.

[Monthly measures of salivary testosterone predict sexual activity in adolescent males. Halpern CT, Udry JR, Suchindran C. Arch Sex Behav. 1998 Oct;27(5):445-65.]

Does testosterone Affect Women’s Sexual Desire?

Just to confirm, sexual desire is usually higher in men than in women.

This is not all and every case, but on average men want sex more than women.

With such a lack of information or research studies available, a study was established.

The research included 91 women who completed questionnaires and provided saliva to monitor testosterone levels.


There was a positive link between testosterone levels in women and desire. Masturbation levels were also related to this link.

[Testosterone and sexual desire in healthy women and men. van Anders SM. Arch Sex Behav. 2012 Dec;41(6):1471-84. doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-9946-2. Epub 2012 May 3.]

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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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