The Average Penis Size + Other Interesting Sex Facts
When it comes to love and sex everyone's got questions. We round up some of the most random -- and interesting -- facts on sex for your reading pleasure. (19 Photos)
And The Average Penis Size Is...
Does size matter? Depends on who you ask, but you should probably manage your expectations.
According to a recent survey of 1,661 men published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the average penis is 5.6 inches long while erect and the typical girth is 4.8 inches. The largest measurement reported was 10.2 inches; the smallest was 1.6 inches. (What man actually admitted that?) So there you have it.
Sex Makes You Look Younger
According to Dr. Jessica O'Reilly Sex may increase collagen production, which can help to reduce age spots and keep skin looking young and taut. Good sex (and mastrubation) also gives you a jolt of oxytocin (the love hormone) which makes you look well rested, and more glowy! A healthy sex live also releases DHEA, a hormone that can make your hair shiny.
Of course,many forms of exercise contribute to more youthful appearance - increased bloodflow and energy does wonders for youthful carriage. But sex will give you that special glow!
The Truth About Loud Orgasms
Most of us have realized that the orgasms we see in porn are grossly exaggerated, but we still feel pressure to make our own inflated sounds in bed. This is all about to change thanks to a recent study that revealed what most of us are afraid to admit: the noises women make during sex do not correspond to our own pleasure or orgasm; we actually scream, moan and cry out to please our partners, stroke their egos and speed up their orgasms.
Uncontrollable Orgasming a Real Thing -- and Not Fun
It might sound dreamy to some, but 100 orgasms/day is part of distressing condition for one Atlanta, GA housewife suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome, or persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).
Even doing laundry has its pitfalls. "When it goes on the spin cycle, I don't even like to touch it," Rachel said in a Discovery documentary about the condition. "The vibrations can... trigger an episode."
Rachel says that she has to be endlessly dilligent to ensure she does not let her body get too aroused. 'If I had no self-control, no willpower, I don’t know that I would ever leave the house."
In case you think this would be good news for an amorous husband, think again. According to Psychology Today, a woman with PGAD doesn't feel any desire to have sex.iStockphotos
Vibrators as Medicine
Back in the day, a woman with a high libido was considered "hysterical". In answer to an epidemic of Hysteria (yes, they made a movie about this), Victorian doctors would prescribe a "pelvic massage" to their female patients, one that would cause an "hysterical paroxysm" (you see where we're going with this) that would break the fever and give the woman some -- er -- relief.
They did not see this treatment as remotely sexual, but of course it was a strain on the physician's hand muscles. American physician George Taylor, M.D. created one of the first vibrators - it was a steam-powered device called the "Manipulator". So awesome. Of course now we don't have to shovel coal into our sex toys. And for this, and other advancements in the understanding of female sexuality, we are grateful.iStockphotos
The Curved Penis
There is no need to be embarrassed by a 'bent' penis. In fact, most men don’t stand ramrod straight when excited. Although there is a legitimate medical condition called Peyronie’s Disease (and it is the first result when you google 'curved penis') this is usually not the case. If your erect member has always leaned or curved (in any direction -- up/down/sideways), and does not cause you pain or discomfort then breathe a sigh of relief. You are not a mutant. And as most women can tell you, it’s pretty common. Note: ask your doctor about this if you're still concerned. He/she will be able to put your fears to rest.Masterfile
Not All Guys Ejaculate
Not all guys actually release, um, stuff when they orgasm -- and some release it inside of themselves instead of outside. While we imagine this "retaining of the chi" is something that tantric sex practitioners like Sting can engage in, we're pretty sure most dudes don't have such well-trained pubococcygeal (PC) muscles. Similar to what women strengthen when they do their Kegels, the PC can be exercised by tightening and releasing the muscles he needs to stop the stream of pee mid-stream. The great incentive for men who master this party trick? Multiple orgasms. Apparently the need to crash out after sex comes from the actual ejaculation, not the orgasm itself! (note: this method does not negate the need to use protection!) Via The Frisky.iStockPhoto
You Can Tell by the Way She Walks That Walk
A Belgian study claims that you can tell by the way a woman walks whether she is able to orgasm during intercourse. Sexologists studied videotapes of women with known histories of either vaginal orgasm or inability to orgasm from sex and videotaped them walking on the street. They were able to determine their "orgasmic status" at a rate "far better than chance".
The researchers think that, as well as having an effect on people’s mental health, vaginal orgasms can “loosen” muscle groups.
"Results are discussed with regard to previous research on gait, the effect of the musculature on sexual function, the special nature of vaginal orgasm, and implications for sexual therapy."
The Most Popular Month For Teens to Lose Their Virginity Is...Sociology professor Dr. Martin L. Levin (Mississippi State), surveyed 19,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 and discovered that June and December are the months when teens are most likely to lose their virginity. Be it the holiday effect or seasonal parties (prom, anyone?), the study confirms that there are, indeed, key times to have “the talk” with your teen.MASTERFILE
Can't Reach Orgasm? Wear Socks!A UK study found that 80% of couples wearing socks during intercourse were able to reach orgasm, compared to 50% who were sockless. Finally,the scientific truth behind the term "cold feet". (sorry).MASTERFILE
The 30s are Not so Dirty
Thirty-something men and women are more dissatisfied with their sex life than any other age group, according to a British study, The Sex Census 2012. Of the 25,000 subject polled, a full quarter of respondents between 30-39 found that the worries of modern life (kids, money, work) were causing their sex lives to fizzle. The good news? As they got older, the respondents were increasingly happier in bed, with more than half of the 50-somethings boasting satisfying sex lives.
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Make-up Sex is Bad For You
In an blog post on Psychology Today, clinical psychologist Dr. Seth Myers insists that make-up sex is a really bad for you precisely because it feels so good. He posits that the reward of hot sex gives you incentive to keep fighting. And that behaviour can be habit-forming. "Honestly, it's not that different from an addict who needs a hit of cocaine."Masterfile
Reward Him With Laughter
Laughter really is the best medicine for everything… including your love life. A study by a McMaster university says that men are attracted to women who laugh at their jokes. It makes sense, we’re all narcissists at heart and like people more who like us. If he’s simply not funny (all his jokes that begin with 'There once was a man from Nantucket'), then spare him the embarrassment, but if you’re charmed by his good humour, a girlish giggle won’t hurt.Getty Images
According to Ashley Madison, Ottawa is the most adulterous city in Canada. What are those Parliamentary workers up to?Masterfile
According to Match.com, only four per cent of women think lingerie is a good gift. It’s also the gift men are less likely to give, phew!Masterfile
Make Time for Each Other
According to TV host Judy Librach you should ask yourself, "What one thing can I do to be even more deeply fulfilled with my significant other this month?" One idea is to plan a getaway to spend some quality time together. It doesn't have to be an elaborate vacation. Even a half-day road trip can do wonders for reconnection and improved communication. If you’re single, go to places where you think the person you dream of being with would hang out.Masterfile
A Dutch study has reported that teens who listen to loud music through earbuds on their digital players are more likely to engage in unsafe sex. A report from the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health says that these teens are 2.03 times more likely to have sex without using a condom every time.
According to TD Canada, 77 per cent of Canadians say they would not marry someone bad at managing their personal finances or if they held excessive debt.Masterfile
Dating site Zoosk.ca reports three-quarters of Canadian singles say they’ve never cheated in a monogamous relationship, ranking behind the French (79%) and coming in almost tied with the Brits (74%) and Americans (73%).
According to the survey, the most prevalent cheaters are Italians, with almost 40% saying they’ve cheated while in a relationship, followed by the Danes (34%).Masterfile