The research, conducted by Jay Teachman, found that women with 16 or more sexual partners prior to marriage had an 80% rate of subsequent divorce.
Men and women leading polyandrous lifestyles have higher levels of testosterone.
In Greek mythology, nymphs are portrayed as dangerous nature spirits sexually uninhibited with humans; hence, the Victorian medical term nymphomania.
Imperial Rome is popularly seen as being sexually profligate, On the field of pleasure she [Empress Theodora] was never defeated. And though she flung wide three gates to the ambassadors of Cupid, she lamented that nature had not similarly unlocked the straits of her bosom, that she might there have contrived a further welcome to his emissaries.
Female promiscuity is a recurring theme in mythologies and religions.
In the Middle East, sacred prostitution, usually in honor of Goddess Astarte, had been prevalent before the 4th century when Emperor Constantine I attempted to replace pagan traditions with Christianity.
However, it is unclear whether higher levels of testosterone cause increased sex drive and in turn multiple partners or whether sexual activity with multiple partners causes the increase in testosterone.
Sociosexuality in women is positively correlated with two measures of prenatal exposure to androgens—right digit ratio, and scores on the Vandenberg Mental Rotation test—providing some limited support to the virilization hypothesis of female promiscuity (see also Prenatal hormones and sexual orientation).
Evolutionarily, this translated into sexual jealousy and complex preventive customs (e.g., female genital mutilation,).A Dutch study involving a large survey of 1,561 professionals, concluded that “The relationship between power and infidelity was the same for women as for men, and for the same reason.These findings suggest that the common assumption (and often-found effect) that women are less likely than men to engage in infidelity is, at least partially, a reflection of traditional gender-based differences in power that exist in society.” A 2010 study published in Journal of Marriage and Family found that there was a correlation between female pre-marital promiscuity and higher rates of divorce.Most societies have historically been more critical of women's promiscuity than of heterosexual men's.Among women, as well as men, inclination for sex outside committed relationships is correlated with a high libido, Studies have related sociosexual orientation to sex drive, especially in women, where the higher the sex drive the less restricted the sociosexual orientation, or interest in sex outside committed relationships.Often she would go picnicking with ten young men or more, in the flower of their strength and virility, and dallied with them all, the whole night through. Yet she [Oholibah] became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt./ There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.However, observation of many species, from rabbits to fruit flies, has shown that females have more offspring if they mate with a larger number of males.This seemingly contradicts Bateman's theory, specifically his conclusion that "while males had more children the more partners they mated with, females did not." Exceptions to Bateman's principle abound, as do hypotheses explaining the evolution of female promiscuity.Promiscuity tends to be frowned upon by many societies, expecting most members to have committed, long-term relationships with single partners.Female promiscuity is not unique to humans, and has been observed in other animals, including primates.