There is a popular notion that men crave for sex more than women. And medical science seems to agree with it.

But what do Hindu scriptures say about this?

For example, the Mahābhārata version available at sacred-texts.com says the following although I'm not sure if it's talking about female libido or the duties of a husband in general.

As the sacred fire waits for libations to be poured upon it when the hour for Homa arrives, even so a woman, when her functional period is over, expects an act of congress with her husband. One that never approaches one's spouses at any other time save after the functional period, is said to observe the vow of Brahmacharya.

Do scriptures besides Mahābhārata discuss this?

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    Adding "scripture" to every question not good... Commented Mar 2, 2018 at 23:08
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    I don't find this question off-topic.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 8:43
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    Something close to this is discussed in Mahabharata Anusasana Parva, Section XII. Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 10:56
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    This question is not off-topic. OP wants to know from Hindu Scriptures.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 16:17
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    "Do scriptures besides Mahābhārata discuss this?" The passage from MB is irrelevant here.. it's not talking about libido of women being higher or lower than in men.. so, it's not discussing this.. u can remove this passage and ask ur question.. if this isn't off-topic that won't be either.
    – Rickross
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 6:14

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According to Hindu scriptures, the sex drive is stronger in women.

The line from Mahābhārata in the question is closely related to the guidance below from Garuḍa Purāṇa (astrojyoti.com):


An ideal wife is one who obeys the commands of her husband without any inhibition. According to the scriptures the best time for a married couple to copulate is after the woman has had her menstruation, especially till sixteen days after her periods have commenced are considered best for this purpose. But, there are also certain days on which making sexual contacts is prohibited - the first four days after her periods have started, Ashtami, Chaturdashi, Amavasya and Purnima are few such days. If the above given rules are followed then a couple can beget worthy sons possessing good qualities. Considering the fact that a woman has sexual urge eight times more than a man, scriptures have also advised a man not to overlook the sexual urge of his wife and to satisfy her without bothering about the prohibited days.

Chanakya Neeti, translated by B.K. Chaturvedi (thanks to @YDS for the reference) says:


स्त्रीणा द्विगुण अहारो लज्जा चापि चतुर्गुणा ।
साहसं षड्गुणं चैव कामश्चाष्टगुणः स्मृतः ।। 57 ।।

Streenaa Dvigun Ahaaro Lajjaa Chaapi Chaturgunaa.
Saahasam Shadgunam Chaiv Kaamashchachaashatgunah Smritah.

(In comparison to a man) A woman is having two times more appetite, four times more shyness, six times more courage and eight times more the sexual desire.

J. L. Shastri's translation of Garuḍa Purāṇa says the same thing:

I.109   Bṛhaspati-nīti-sāra


33. The diet of a woman is twice as much as that of a man; shrewdness four times, energy is six times and amorousness is eight times as much as that of a man.

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    Haha. Really. 8 Times! quite strange than reality. And twice the food. Even a starving women eats not more than a leaf
    – user12826
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 3:22
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    Yes, the ideas presented in scripture as 'reality' are sometimes different from the actual reality. Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 5:00

Hindu scriptures may not be discussing "libido" at all.

There is a famous so called verse from ChAnakya Niti:

स्त्रीणा द्विगुण अहारो लज्जा चापि चतुर्गुणा ।
साहसं षड्गुणं चैव कामश्चाष्टगुणः स्मृतः

I had came across these quotes of "X times this, Y times that" several years back. Later I found out them to be misconceptions.

  • अहार, which is wrongly interpreted as आहार & hence translated as "appetite", seems out of place. I have never seen a wife eating twice her husband; not even more. Similarly "bravery" is a personal attribute, which differs from person to person.

  • काम means "desire". For "libido", there may not be proper word at all.

  • गुण is least likely to be translated as multiplier. How can there be equations of such accuracy about human aspects!

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