A Yale Medical-educated doctor has claimed that flying too often can ruin your sex life, warning that the stress caused by regular travel could cause a person’s natural libido to drop.
Doctor Florence Comite, from Brooklyn, New York, recommended that people treat their flying habits with care – or potentially see their sex lives suffer.
Dr. Comite, who was educated at Ivy League college Yale Medical School, explained how the anticipation, anxiety, claustrophobia, and worries around lack of space – which often comes with being on an airplane, especially if you’re sitting in cramped economy seats – can drive down someone’s libido.
According to the doctor, who started her own health app called Groq Health, traveling can release the ‘flight-or-fight mechanism’ in your brain, which sends out hormones that lower testosterone and effect your sexual function.
A doctor who trained at the Ivy League college Yale Medical School has claimed that flying too often can ruin your sex life
Doctor Florence Comite, from Brooklyn, New York, recommended that people treat their flying habits with care – or potentially see their sex lives suffer
How flying too often can ruin your sex life
According to Dr Comite, stress and anxiety caused by regular travel, and by enduring close quarters on a tightly-packed plane, trigger the body’s natural ‘fight-or-flight mechanism’.
This in turn causes hormones to up in the brain, including norepinephrine and epinephrine, which lower your testosterone.
A lack of testosterone has an adverse effect on libido and sexual function.
‘[The anticipation of] getting on a plane lowers your sex drive because it’s anxiety-provoking, we don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s a tight space,’ Dr. Florence Comite told Jam Press.
‘It drives your flight-or-fight mechanism. So hormones that go up in the brain like norepinephrine and epinephrine will lower testosterone and that will immediately have an effect on libido and even sexual function.’
Dr. Comite, who lives in the Big Apple with her husband, Marc, their three sons, one daughter, and rescue dog, Olive, believes business class – or even first class, if you have the cash to spend – might be a better option.
She continued: ‘When you can travel in a more spacious place, when you can get a drink before the plane takes off, going into business class will totally improve it over coach [or economy].
‘It will relax your mind, you will be more comfortable, therefore you’re not going to take a hard hit to your brain.
‘Testosterone really is the weakest link; once we’re overwhelmed, once we don’t have enough sleep, jet lag, that is all going to affect the way we think. Business class or first class will make it better.’
Dr. Comite explained how the anticipation, anxiety, claustrophobia, and worries around lack of space – which often comes with traveling in an airplane – can drive down someone’s libido
The doctor (pictured left with her colleagues) said flying in business or first class ‘will relax your mind’ and make you ‘more comfortable’ – which won’t effect your libido as much
Dr. Comite also suggested that those looking to prevent a low libido plan for their trip as far in advance as possible, to avoid feeling stressed out when the time to travel comes.
Some of her other tips included making sure all urgent jobs are done and that you’ve gotten enough sleep.
She recommended getting between six to eight hours of sleep per night, and no less than four.
She also suggested avoiding early morning flights where you have to be at the airport at the crack of dawn to check in.
The doctor said: ‘Also, meditating turns off the genes that lead to increases in the hormones, by decreasing some you are keeping testosterone where you should be. And it’s a great way to make you travel better and feel better.’