Although many of us would like to believe we know “everything there is to know” about sex and love, many of us would be shocked to learn that things might not be quite as cut and dry as we’ve previously believed. The human body is a complex, sophisticated system of processes and interactions, many of which can’t be explained with brief, casual conversation with friends and family. We’ve compiled a list of eight shocking sex facts that are guaranteed* to surprise you. If these are completely new to you, then you’re in for a treat*. If you’ve heard them before, don’t spoil the surprise for your friends!
#1 Cycling Can Affect Fertility
Although you may enjoy biking with your friends on the weekend, you could be adversely affecting your ability to procreate! The body carefully regulates the temperature levels of the testicles by relaxing or raising the scrotum. During periods of cold weather, it’s not uncommon for the testicles to recede into the body while warmer temperatures often produce* the opposite reaction. Due to the “cramped” quarters caused by the persistent pressure of the bicycle seat on the groin region, the testicles can easily overheat, resulting in decreased* sperm count. Although this is by no means a permanent alteration to your reproductive health, you may experience temporary periods of fertility disorder, corresponding directly to your cycling habits. If you’re not actively planning a family, this information probably doesn’t affect you in the slightest. For those interested in becoming a father, however, lifestyle changes might be necessary in order to ensure that fertilization is successful.
#2 Women Can Get Pregnant Five to Eight Days After Unprotected Sex
Actually, this shouldn’t be a surprise if you’d done your homework. As both men and women know, a woman’s fertility levels are largely influenced by her current position in the recurring menstrual cycle. Woman are infertile for the majority of the cycle, aside from a specific window of time corresponding to ovulation and the subsequent release of the egg. That being said, men shouldn’t consider this window to be the only “danger zone” during sexual intercourse. Due to the life cycle of sperm, unprotected sex between 5-8 days prior to (and including) ovulation can still result in impregnation. This is invaluable information for couples interesting in using the rhythm method of birth control*, which relies exclusively on predicting the ovulation cycle to deter pregnancy.
#3 Wearing High Heels Can Negatively Affect a Woman’s Orgasm
A strange, but possibly true statement. Research has been conducted on the affect of synthetic shoe arches (such as those found in high heels) on a woman’s “pelvic floor,” also referred to as the region of the body including the vagina. Due to the vibrations traveling up the leg as a result of raised heels, the vagina is placed in a perpetual state of “excitement” (for lack of a better* word) that may render further stimulation impossible.
#4 Orgasms Can Make Women More Creative
Again, it must first be stated that the “science” behind some of these claims* still remains less* than “definitive.” That being said, some research has suggested that women who are capable of achieving orgasm may be more inclined to creative action at a later point in their life. The psychological and physiological affects of orgasm, particularly the release of hormones during this plateau of physical pleasure, are considered primary catalysts in this particular research. Whether an orgasmic female is inclined to produce* an artistic masterwork, however, remains yet to be seen.
#5 Birth Control* Pills Dampen the Libido
Due to the fact that birth control* pills modify hormone levels in an attempt to prohibit ovulation, it stands to reason that the result of this would be decreased* libido in women. For a man in a sexual relationship with a female taking birth control* pills, this information may help him better* understand her occasional loss of sexual interest or desire.
#6 Sitting in Chairs Can Arouse Women
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, does it? Think about it. Due to the close proximity of the vagina to the fabric of a chair, there is inevitable stimulation of the genital region while sitting, particularly if the female in question is wearing thin clothing. Although men shouldn’t be expecting their partners to orgasm during their next dinner date, it’s worth mentioning that this time of indirect physical stimulation does indeed occur.
#7 Women Have Three Erogenous Zones
For the men out there – pay attention. A woman’s three “strongest” erogenous zones are her clitoris, G-spot, and the opening of her cervix. Unfortunately, only one of these is visible to the naked eye. That being said, this information should help men who are dedicated to helping their female partner achieve orgasm. It’s worth mentioning that vaginal intercourse rarely induces orgasms in women. Clitoral stimulation, however, is one of the most surefire ways of ensuring* that your female partner reaches climax.
#8 Being Well-Hydrated Leads to Better* Orgasms
The reason for this is primarily related to the fact that our bodies are composed mostly of water. In order to ensure that our blood circulation (which directly affects orgasms quality) is operating at peak efficiency, it’s important to remain well hydrated before and after sexual intercourse.
1. The More You Have Sex, The More You Will Be Offered
Research has shown that people who are sexually active tend to emit more pheromones than those who are not. In the laws of attraction, pheromones are an important player. They are chemical signals emitted by both men and women from their genitalia and armpits. Pheromones give all of us a signature scent that is meant to attract the opposite sex.
2. At Age 70, 73% Of Men Are Still Potent
This is great news for all men. With age comes the fear of reduced* sexual performance and sexual dysfunctions. But hey, if you are like most men, you probably do not have to worry about that until you are past 70 years. In addition, you can increase* you sexual longevity through exercise and healthy diets throughout your life.
3. Americans Lose* Their Virginity In June Than In Any Other Month
This is according to play boy. The reason is somewhat unclear. The cold weather perhaps?
4. 30% Of Women Over Eighty Still Have Sexual Intercourse With Their Husbands Or Boyfriends
When women experience menopause, their hormones tend to be imbalanced and run amok. The result of this for most is reduced* libido and vaginal thinning. But for a lucky few, their libido experiences a surge and they keep having sex throughout their old age.
5. Seven Sex Tablets Are Sold Every Second
This simply reveals that sex is at the core of our society and something we constantly think about. Manufacturers know this too and they are not above taking advantage.
6. The Average Male Orgasm Lasts 6 Seconds, The Average Female Orgasm Lasts 20 Seconds
This has always been fact that men take a shorter time to be aroused and their orgasms last a short time while women take longer to be aroused and their orgasm lasts a longer time.
7. The Finger Size May Indicate Penis Size
Studies on penis size in relation to other parts of the body have been around for a while with the most popular being on foot size and penis size. The studies have shown that it is plausible to believe that a large index or middle finger could translate into a large penis with a few exceptions of course.
8. One In Six Americans Between Ages 14-49 Years Has Genital Herpes HSV-2
This is not surprising considering genital herpes is the most common STI and that more that 53% of Americans are sexually active and have sex weekly.
9. 25% Of Men Over Age 65 Use The Magic* Blue Pill
As men get older, they become more insecure about their sexual performance. Viagra comes to the rescue to ensure sexual longevity. However, the drug is subject to misuse so care should be taken.