Fatherhood is bad for sex life and makes men fat - study
>A study of first-time fathers shows men have less sex than they expect afterI just had to pitch in here. OF COURSE men have less sex after the baby is
>their baby is born.
>It also shows they put on weight and exercise less.
>Around 60% say they had sex twice a week before the pregnancy but this fell to
>26% by the time the baby was one.
born. What DID they expect? It's a temporary thing normally, but there's
no way a woman can act the role of mother/nurturer and sex-goddess
simultaneously and whole-heartedly. Usually after childbirth any desire
for sex is nil. The body has to repair itself. And the men can't
understand this? Desire slowly returns, but fatigue and lost sleep can
However during the pregnancy itself, often a woman's hormones are in
overdrive and she becomes...shall we say, insatiable. At least that is the
experience of some :-)
>"Men can be particularly vulnerable at this time, with few support networksI must admit I have little sympathy or patience with such men. A woman
>compared to women," she said.
>She adds men can be overlooked, with the woman getting the majority of
>attention from health professionals.
needs a real mensch at such a time, not a second baby. We are a
self-involved, navel-watching society, needing a crutch - known as an
'expert' or a 'health professional' to advise us about the simplest acts.
Mothering is handled very well by the animals; why is it such a mystery to
modern western women? Not to mention the thumb-sucking males?
I know and expect the diatribes I shall receive in response. I would
expect nothing else.
- Wynne-Edwards has published a few very good papers on the relationships
between steroid (estradiol, testosterone, and cortisol) and peptide
(oxytocin, vasopressin, and prolactin) hormones and the expression of
mammalian paternal behavior. In sum, he suggests that men becoming fathers
for the first time are similar to their female partners (i.e., there are
homologous neuroendocrine circuits in male and females).
Mammalian fatherhood involves a muted version of the maternal experience. In
spite of previous assumptions to the contrary, hormones influence mammalian
paternal behavior. Naturally paternal males experience dynamic changes in
the same hormones involved in maternal behavior and these hormones have
access to the same brain pathways. Men becoming fathers for the first time
are similar to their female partners too. These recent studies are still
correlational, but promise to illuminate maternal behavior and to
biologically validate the experiences of involved fathers.
Below is a list of most recent studies:
Storey AE, Walsh CJ, Quinton RL, Wynne-Edwards KE.
Hormonal correlates of paternal responsiveness in new and expectant fathers.
Evol Hum Behav. 2000 Mar 1;21(2):79-95.
Wynne-Edwards KE, Reburn CJ.
Behavioral endocrinology of mammalian fatherhood.
Trends Ecol Evol. 2000 Nov 1;15(11):464-468.
Berg SJ, Wynne-Edwards KE.
Changes in testosterone, cortisol, and estradiol levels in men becoming
Mayo Clin Proc. 2001 Jun;76(6):582-92.
Hormonal changes in mammalian fathers.
Horm Behav. 2001 Sep;40(2):139-45.
Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Urban Ethology
c/o Institute for Anthropology
University of Vienna
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- On Tue, 1 Jan 2002, Bernhard Fink wrote:
> Wynne-Edwards has published a few very good papers on the relationshipsThat is Kathy, his grandaughter, a biology prof at Queens
> between steroid (estradiol, testosterone, and cortisol) and peptide
> (oxytocin, vasopressin, and prolactin) hormones and the expression of
> mammalian paternal behavior. In sum, he suggests that men becoming fathers
> for the first time are similar to their female partners (i.e., there are
> homologous neuroendocrine circuits in male and females).
University in Kingston, Ontario. V. Wynne-Edwards passed on several