Spring in the Bayou

It’s hard to focus on writing with so much beauty in my yard!

Thankfully, the wet and rainy side of Louisiana came hard this morning and chased me back in to the house so that I can continue working on “Unlikely Queen”. We’re so close to completion that my mind is already racing about book two!

Spring fever is hitting hard in the bayou and as the flowers and wildlife are in full force for the fertile season, I wonder if we, as humans, still feel a primal desire to mate during this time as well. Humans don’t have a ‘mating season’ like other mammals. We mate all year long but I ask this because I find my intimate scenes getting racier and more frequent as the leaves green and the flowers bloom!

I wondered if anyone else felt the pangs of desire more deeply as the days of spring grow longer and the sun warms our skin so I asked Google; “Does your sex drive increase in Spring?”

Interestingly, the top search result from a male health and science website says no. At least, not for men. This article indicated that men demonstrate a lower testosterone level and reduction in sperm count in Spring, (According to one scientific study).

Most other seemingly credible results disagree stating that the additional sunlight slows the production of melatonin from the pineal gland making us feel less sluggish and more energetic likely increasing our sexuality. Sunlight also has a direct effect on seratonin; the key neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure.

On a less scientific and more obvious level, sexual cues and triggers are everywhere in the warmer months. This is called environmental sexualization and refers to the fact that there are more binkinis, short shorts, muscle shirts, and bare male chests in the Spring and Summer and who doesn’t get a little turned on by the sight of a hot body?

With more leisure time and the visual stimulation created by scantily covered bodies combined with the increase in seratonin and decrease in malatonin there does appear to be a valid argument for the existence of “Spring Fever”.