Sex is an amazing subject of conversation. As such, it is surrounded by many astonishing facts. Sexual intercourse has existed since the dawn of man. The earliest humans had more in common with animals than with people of today. But since then, the world’s population has grown to seven billion in 2015, and there's one distinct reason for this spike; sex.
In this article, we look at the most amazing facts about sex you probably never knew. Some are based on studies done by researchers while some are straight out of your high school biology book. We answer questions such as how many people use their smartphones during sex? How many of us have had a one-night stand while traveling? Can oral sex cure morning sickness? Can the size of your second and fourth fingers determine your penis size?
Here are 20 of the most fascinating facts about sex:
20 About Half of Us Have Had One-Night Stands While Traveling
You are more likely to have a one-night stand while traveling. A study conducted by HostelBookers.com revealed that 51% of men and 41% of women have had a one-night stand while on the road or in a different country. The sample was large and included 11,000 travelers. They also unearthed that 16% of these one-night standers cheated on their partners while traveling. Additionally, 43% had sex with more than one partner on the same trip.
19 Heavier Men Last Longer During Sex
Heads up heavy men, you’ve got something to rejoice about. A study found that the heavier you are, the longer you are likely to last in bed. It found that heavy men last an average of 7.3 minutes during sex compared to a measly 1.8 minutes for slender men. This is because large men have the female estradiol hormone. This hormone delays climax by blocking sexual male hormones. Time to grab that bag of chips!
18 20% of Us Have Used a Smartphone during Sex
People do the strangest things during sex. In a recent survey, it was reported that one in five people used a Smartphone during sex. Out of 2,000 respondents, about 200 admitted to using a Smartphone during sex. However, the number was very high when it was narrowed down to people aged 18 to 34. To achieve the greatest experience during sex, minimize this distraction. Leave it in another room or even turn it off. It’ll only be about 10 minutes of your life, right?
17 Sex Decreases Stress
Many things such as diaphragmatic breathing can help you get rid of stress. However, did you know that sex could serve that purpose too? A study involving 24 women and 22 men reported that those who engaged in penile–vaginal intercourse alone had a great stress response. In addition, these people had a better stress response compared to those who masturbated or had no sex at all. The study concluded that sex lowers blood pressure and calms you down.
16 You Can Cure Morning Sickness Using Oral Sex
Gordon Gallup, a psychologist at SUNY-Albany has a surprising theory. He says that soon to become mothers can ingest sperm from the baby daddy to cure morning sickness. He reckons that women develop morning sickness since their body is rejecting sperm as foreign body. He says that if women ingest the sperm enough times, it will become natural to their bodies thereby reducing and curing morning sickness. At this point, the argument is only theory. It needs more research.
15 About Half of the World’s Population Prefer Coffee over Sex
A recent study revealed that 50% of the population would rather go for coffee than morning sex. Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts conducted the study. It involved 7,455 people from France, Dubai, India, China, Germany, and the United States. Five in ten people said they could go longer without sex compared to coffee. They argued that coffee made them more creative. It also made them more relaxed than sex. Looks like some people really can't do anything before their first cup of Joe.
14 Sex Can Make You Feel Better When You Are Under the Weather
Did you know that an orgasm and sexual arousal boosts your immune system? A study found that sexual arousal and orgasms increase adrenaline and prolactin plasma concentrations in the blood. The number of leukocytes in the blood is also increased. These cells help protect the body against both infectious diseases and foreign invaders. However, it is key to visit your doctor’s office for some prescription drugs if this doesn’t work. Sex may help, but it doesn't cure all ailments.
13 You Can Cure Headaches Using Sex
A study published in the journal Cephalalgia suggests that having sex can relieve headaches and migraines. The study surveyed 800 migraine and 200 cluster headache sufferers. They were asked about the impact sex had on their headache problems. A whopping 6 out of 10 respondents said sex relieved their migraine pains. 37% of the cluster headache sufferers also said that sex reduced their uncomfortable symptoms. The study also found out that you would have less pain if you achieve an orgasm.
12 Wearing Socks can Result in Having More Orgasms
Apparently, cold feet can prevent you from reaching an orgasm. In one study, it was found that 50% of the women observed achieved an orgasm during sex. The women never wore socks. After putting on a pair of socks, the study found that 80% of the women achieved an orgasm. Why is this? Dr. Gert Holstege explains that wearing socks creates a pleasant environment that helps calm the amygdala and prefrontal cortex parts of the brain, resulting in a more pleasurable sexual experience.
11 You Can Use Coconut Oil as Lube
As we’ve previously seen in previous articles here at TheRichest, lube is important during sex and can help you reach climax easily. A nice, effective alternative to lube is coconut oil. It is all-natural and doesn't contain any preservatives or added ingredients. Doctors also agree that it provides better lubrication than other water-based lubes. It also lasts longer. Additionally, coconut oil can also prevent those spiteful yeast infections that torment many women.
10 Ankle Scratching Feels As Good As Sex
Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine reckon that the ankle is the most satisfying spot to scratch. It has overtaken the back as the most pleasing spot to scratch on the human body. Respondents were rubbed with cowhage on the forearm, ankle and back to make them itch. They were asked not to scratch for five minutes. They were then asked to scratch and record how pleasurable scratching each part felt. The study concluded that scratching the ankle felt as good as having sex.
9 Electronic Whizzes and Android Users are Having More Sex than You
Studies have shown that lesbians have more orgasms than both bisexuals and straight women. In addition, single men and women who have jobs in electronics-related fields also have one of the highest orgasm rates in the world. One study found that 64% of these individuals have regular orgasms. In the same study, 60% of people living in the city of Miami have had an orgasm. Android users, compared to other smartphone users, experience the most orgasms. Time to change your phone.
8 Men Think About Sex Every Seven Seconds
Fact or myth? Well, if a man thinks about sex every seven seconds, that means he thinks of it about 6,000 times in a day. Terri Fisher conducted one study to find out more. She divided her respondents, who included 283 college students, into three groups. She then gave each of them a clicker and instructed then to click whenever they thought about sex, food or sleep. She found that men thought about sex 19 times a day while women thought about it 10 times. In fact, men had more thoughts about sleep and food than sex.
7 You Can Cure Period Problems by Having Regular Sex
If you have trouble with your period cycle, try having sex once a week and see what happens. Researchers at Columbia and Stanford Universities have found that sex can actually give you cycles that are more regular. In addition, foods such as lean meats, non-white foods, egg yolks and dark chocolate can help you maintain a regular cycle. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which reduce platelet clumping. When all this fails, you can consult your doctor.
6 A Teaspoon of Semen Contains 36 Calories
The caloric content in a teaspoon of semen is the same as that in one tablespoon of cowpeas. A typical ejaculation contains 4 calories per gram of protein. It also contains 4 calories per gram of carbs and 9 calories per gram of fat. It also contains components such as calcium, chlorine, cholesterol, citric acid, creatine, and fructose. So will she get fat if she ingests semen? Not at all.
5 Longer Fingers May Indicate a Larger Penis
Look at your right hand. Are your index finger and ring finger different sizes? If they are, you have a higher chance of having a longer penis than if they are of matching length. The Asian Journal of Andrology reports that a small mismatch is linked to a longer stretched penis. And yes, that’s why she was looking at your hand at the club last night. The ratio between these two fingers is also linked to your likelihood of suffering a heart attack, so you'll have to take the good with the bad.
4 31% of Men Fake Orgasms
Women aren’t the only ones who fake an orgasm in bed. Apparently, men do too. According to Sex Survey, three out of ten men have faked an orgasm in the past. It involved one reporter asking passersby in New York City about their sex lives. In 2013, a study in Australia also found that 23% of men had faked an orgasm in the past. Abraham Morgentaler says that men who fake orgasms dispose of the condoms quickly to hide the fact from their partners.
3 Semen Can Help Prevent Acne
We all know that sperm is an integral part of the process of procreation. In addition, sperm has many other uses. It contains a compound called Spermine. Spermine can be used as an antioxidant to get rid of your wrinkles and smooth your skin. The Norwegian company Bioforskning has even converted sperm into an anti-aging beauty product. They say that sperm is 30 times more effective than vitamin E when it comes to turning back the clock for our skin.
2 Sex is Much Sweeter When You are in Love with Your Partner
A sociologist from Penn State Abington carried out a study to find out what made for great sex. She surveyed 95 women between the ages of 20 and 68. The study concluded that love between two partners was imperative in creating amazing sex. The respondents explained that they felt less self-conscious and therefore more prone to explore their sexuality. They also felt a sense of trust and respect from their loving partner, creating a comfortable environment ideal for maximum pleasure.
1 Sex = Long Life
A 1997 study reported that men who had sex twice or more in a week were 50% less likely to die from any cause. Sex also leads to a better night's sleep, which contributes to a healthier life. Additionally, sex also makes you look more attractive. Your skin appears to glow right after sex. Studies have also shown that regular sex can reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer. However, other studies show that frequent masturbation in young men can lead to early prostate cancer.