A new study has revealed that men – as well as women – suffer from ‘baby fever’, the overwhelming desire to have children.
The emotional and physical phenomenon is usually associated with women, who can be subject to sudden and extreme maternal urges.
Gary Brase, associate professor of psychology at Kansas State University, and his wife Sandra, a project co-ordinator with the university’s College of Education, have spent nearly 10 years researching baby fever.
After releasing their findings yesterday Professor Brase said: ‘Baby fever is this idea out in popular media that at some point in their lives, people get this sudden change in their desire to have children.
‘While it is often portrayed in women, we noticed it in men, too.’
The couple’s interest began shortly after the birth of their second child, as Mrs Brase explained: ‘Although one hears about people having baby fever from friends, family and in the media, I was curious if there was a scientific explanation for the presence, or lack of it, in both women and men.’