Finally, a study which may explain a bit more about my own behavior…
A study at the University of Florence finds that a glass or two of red wine may increase a woman’s libido:
Researchers concluded that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who were moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who preferred other alcoholic drinks, or were teetotal.
One theory put forward by the team of Italian doctors who carried out the study is that chemical compounds found in red wine may improve sexual functioning by increasing blood flow to key areas of the body.
The researchers said: “While this finding needs to be interpreted with some caution, it nevertheless suggests a potential relationship between red wine consumption and better sexuality.”
This should please my husband, who claims I become “chatty Cathy” when I drink wine, especially the red varieties; if he can stand all my babbling, he might get some. *wink*
But what I find interesting is that I’ve never noticed such a direct link between my glass of wine and my sexual desire — but I have, like hubby, noticed my more talkative nature. To me, this means that my sense of intimacy, trust, has increased… No small thing for a woman who’s survived date rape and domestic violence, right? So perhaps additional studies should look into intimacy/red wine connection — to see if the increased sexual desire isn’t really more of an Oxytocin thing…