Men's Testosterone Falls After Fatherhood But Hotness Goes Up
A study released last week proves what many had suspected: when a man becomes a father his testosterone drops - substantially.
The researchers measured testosterone levels in 624 men when their levels were high and what they found is that five years after parenthood the levels dropped as much as 34% in the men. The steepest drops were in the men who spent the most time caring for and hanging out with their kids.
"There's something about being an active father that's contributing to these dramatic declines," said Dr. Lee Gettler, who headed the study. Researchers are theorizing that the high testosterone attracts women but the lower levels keeps men connected to the family.
While it is easy to joke about the study - many wise cracks about the emasculating effects of princess tea parties have circulated online. But the very fact that men are talking about how diaper changes are affecting their life and they don't mind, is a huge difference from a generation ago.
And I don't really care if my husband's testosterone has dropped - he is never hotter to me than when he is being a great dad - with or without the crown. And I think I can say on behalf of wives everywhere that dads who change diapers are getting way more action than men who don't.
Want more chaos? Last year, I wrote about a controversial photo exhibit with kids at the centre.