Ronda Rousey said in 2012 she tries to have “as much sex as possible” before a big fight to boost her testosterone. Scientists are finding that she’s, at least, not wrong.
University of Florence, in Italy, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found no truth to pre-competition sex and worse athletic results. It determined any connection was anecdotal, and not scientific.
“In fact, unless [sex] takes place less than two hours before, the evidence actually suggests sexual activity may have a beneficial effect on sports performance,” lead author Laura Stefani says.
Rousey’s claims that sex boosts a woman’s testosterone might not be so wrong: “there has been some research that’s found that,” says Sari Locker, Ph.D., a sex educator at Columbia University. But she reiterates that sex doesn’t cause much physical effect.