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Ronda Rousey, the first female fighter in UFC history, had some interesting things to say about sex on Jim Rome’s talk show this week.Rome asked her about male fighters who abstain from sex before a big fight, and Rousey said she actually tries to have a ton of sex because it boosts her testosterone. Her full quote:
“For girls it raises your testosterone so I try to have as much sex as possible before I fight, actually. Not with like everybody. I don’t put out Craigslist ads or anything. But if I got a steady I’m going to be like, ‘Yo, fight time’s coming up.”
She also questioned the myth that abstinence helps male fighters:
“For the guys, I think that’s a little bit excessive. A lot of the studies I’ve read about it, it’s not really substantiated the claim that if you abstain from having sex for that long it actually raises your testosterone. You actually might start producing less.”
So is she right?
It seems like it.
A 2006 article in National Geographic says the theory that sex suppresses testosterone in men is a myth, at least physiologically. In fact, sex might actually boost testosterone, and the only possible negative effects are psychological, like making an athlete lose focus.
As for the bit about sex boosting testosterone in women, this article on Livestrong.com says “sexual stimulation increases the production of endorphins that raise testosterone levels naturally.”
So it appears Rousey knows her stuff.
Here’s video of the Rome interview. And click here to check out how Ronda became a big MMA star >
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