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.
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).
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.
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.