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You Give Me (Spring) Fever

Spring Brings Changes in Hormones continued...

Our long-ago ancestors chose to procreate in the fall, he says. "Given the fact that mammals have a longer gestation period, it's best to conceive in the fall and deliver in the spring, when the supply of nourishing food supplies would be supportive of offspring. It may be a naturally selective thing that became ingrained in the genetics of human beings."

However, our more recent ancestors created Valentine's Day "as a pagan ritual whose sole purpose is to celebrate sexual activity," Smolensky tells WebMD. "Was this society's primitive way a means to stimulate sexual interest in a time when interest really wasn't there?"

Spring breaks and vacations may have evolved similarly, he says. "Given enough alcohol and nudity, sex is a normal response that can occur at any time of the year."

Just take note: There are more unplanned babies conceived during spring months, Smolensky tells WebMD. He's analyzed studies in which IUDs and birth control pills were used and found that unintended conceptions occurred twice during the year -- in May and in September/October -- "even though the women claimed they were consistently adherent to birth control. There likely are seasonal biological factors at work, but what they are, we don't know."

Another word of caution: "Sperm counts are higher in spring," he says. "In sexually active males, sperm count is affected by two factors -- environmental temperature and sexual activity. When they are sexually active, sperm count goes down somewhat. When they're not sexually active, they're not using it, so it goes up."

Ease Back Into Exercise

If spring break isn't your speed, you're likely to be working in the yard -- or taking a jog around the block. Just be careful, Smolensky says.

"Take it easy if you've been a couch potato all winter," he tells WebMD. "People get out on weekends, trying to get things done outside after the long winter season, try to get their body weight down, but they overdo it."

A lot of heart attacks happen in the springtime. "It's real important that people realize they are vulnerable -- especially the more mature person with compromised cardiovascular or lung function."

It's happened in his neighborhood. Someone collapsed and needed CPR. "We almost lost him," says Smolensky.

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