Sex. It’s something that everyone partakes in at some point in their lives. People think of it in many different ways – it’s intimate, it’s taboo, it’s a beautiful expression of human nature…regardless of how people think about it there are many myths and rumor surrounding the act itself.
We’re here to clear some of the up for you! We’ve found some of the most common myths about “doing the dirty” exposed the truth along with some fun facts. Maybe getting busy isn’t as bad as some people may think.
32. Excellent Stress Relief
Sex is great way to reduce stress! During sex the human body produces dopamine, to fight stress hormones, endorphins, the “happy hormone”, and oxytocin, a desire-enhancing hormone secreted by the pituitary gland.
In a study, published in the Public Library of Science journal, three neuroscience researchers conducted a test on male rats and found that the sexually active rats were less anxious than rats with no sexual activity.
31. You know what they say about guys with big feet…
There is no correlation between a man’s shoe size and his *ahem* size. This also goes for ear size and hand size.
30. Great Form of Exercise
Making love is a form of physical activity. During intercourse, the physiological changes in your body are consistent with a workout.
Your breathing speeds up, which means you get tired. Hence, you burn calories. If you have sex three times a week for at least 15 minutes you’ll burn about 7,500 calories in a year. That’s like jogging 75 miles! Which one sounds more fun now? Heavy breathing raises the amount of oxygen in your cells, and the testosterone produced during sex keeps your bones and muscles strong.
29. Size ≠ Satisfaction.
Shlong size is more important to a man’s ego than a woman’s satisfaction. The G-spot is located two inches inside a woman’s secret place and is stimulated while thrusting. Most large man-staffs miss the G-spot completely.
28. Helps with Blood Pressure
Hugs and sex can improve your blood pressure. Sex reduces diastolic blood pressure. This is the bottom number while reading blood pressure.
Researchers with the University of Paisley conducted an experiment on the same. They concluded that sex improves blood pressure.
27. Can You Make It Taste Better?
There is no scientific evidence that the taste of semen is affected by foods and drinks. Research shows that sodium content does vary amoung males suggesting that some ‘taste’ better than others, urologists generally says men can’t modify the taste.
26. Strengthen That Immune System
Trying to fight the sniffles? Getting down and dirty is the answer to fight colds and other health problems; sex can boost your immunity.
Immunoglobulin A, an antigen that fights the flu increases when the frequency of sex increases.
25. You Can’t Have Two Buns In The Oven
You can’t get pregnant if you’re already pregnant. WRONG!
A woman totally can conceive while already pregnant. It’s called superfetation and, though rare, has been documented several times in humans.
24. Makes You Look Younger
Making love three times a week can make you look 10 years younger, claims a Scottish researcher. “It’s good for you to have good sex,” says David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, whose study on the effects of sex on aging appears in his book, Secrets of the Superyoung.
23. Every Seven Seconds??
Men think about “doing it” every seven seconds.
Not true, a study in 2011 at Ohio State University found that men had dirty thought 19 times a day, while thinking about food 18 times a day, and sleep 11 times a day on average.
22. Healthy Heart
Sex helps you burn calories, sure, but it can also improve your heart.
Scientists with New England Research Institute examined the effect of “the horizontal mambo” on the heart. The study concluded that sexually active men are 45% less likely to experience cardiovascular diseases. But the study fails to study the effect on a woman’s heart.
21. Birth Control Makes You Gain Weight
44 studies have shown that there is no evidence that birth control causes weight gain.
20. Ultimate Pain Relief
Do you experience migraines and body pain? Well “getting busy” is the answer. But if you experience back pain, it is best to consult a doctor.
Dr. George E. Erlich, an arthritis specialist from Philadelphia conducted a study on the link between arthritis and sex. He narrows down that patients who engaged in sex experienced less pain in general.
19. Only Men Have Wet Dreams
Although the average number of men is higher, many studies have found that as many as 40% of women have wet dreams too.
18. Builds Trust and Intimacy
The act of sex spikes the hormone oxytocin; this hormone is responsible for your happiness and love. If your feel your relationship is falling out, there is trust or you’re worried that your partner will stray away, then sex will dispel these doubts. The hormone oxytocin builds trust and brings couples closer, and cupid too.
17. Married? Say Goodbye To Your Sex Life
Your sex life may get BETTER after marriage, contrary to popular belief. Recent studies show that married couples have higher sexual satisfaction, have more diverse sex, and have sex more frequently.
16. Sex Can Lower Your Risk of Cancer
Regular ejaculation reduces your chances of developing prostate cancer. In an Australian study men who ejaculated 21 times a month were least likely to develop cancer. It is further supported by other researches that sexual intercourse reduces the risk of prostrate cancer.
15. Only Men Watch Porn
Think women don’t watch porn? Think again! Research shows that nearly 85% of women have watched porn at some point in their lives.
14. Stronger Pelvic Muscles
Source: Zanna Clay
Sex involves the use of several muscles; hence regular sexual intercourse can help you develop stronger pelvic muscles. Further, since the act of sex involves a range of muscles, it also helps strengthen these muscles – for ex: quads, your core, and the upper back. Through regular sex, you can also maintain a strong bladder and bowel function.
13. Cheater, Cheater
Men cheat more than women. Not true!
Women cheat about as much as men…sort of. It depends on what you consider cheating. If only intercourse is cheating, then yeah. But if you broaden that to include second or third base, then women cheat just as much as men.
12. Prostate Protection
Most of the fluid you ejaculate is secreted by the prostate gland. If you stop ejaculating, the fluid stays in the gland, which tends to swell, causing lots of problems. Regular ejaculation will wash those fluids out and ensure the well being of your prostate until old age. Problems may also occur when you suddenly change the frequency of ejaculations.
11. Taking A Little Off The Top Is Better
Circumcision has zero effect on sexual satisfaction.
10. Sweet Dreams
Sex works the same way as exercise. The increased heart rate leads to increased post-coital relaxation. Sex could be the next thing for insomniacs! So what really happens:
– Sex can relax you, hence if you are already tired, the act of sex will induce sleep.
– When men ejaculate they become lethargic, this can make them sleepy.
9. Double Bagging
“Double Bagging” (wearing two condoms at once) seems like a more effective way to prevent pregnancy but, in fact, it increases the chances. The two layers rub together, causing them to break. One is plenty.
8. Regular Periods
Apparently sex can improve your menstrual cycle. Sex regulates hormones, which in turn regulate the menstrual cycle. Sex reduces stress, which is one of the reasons women miss their periods. Sex seems like a better option than pills.
7. Check Out The Silver Fox
Old people don’t have sex. WRONG, although its expression can be impaired by disease, death of a spouse, medications, and other causes sexuality is a lifelong aspect of the human condition, not determined by age, physical appearance, health, of functional ability. The majority of people remain sexually active into old age. Regular sexual expression in the elderly is associated with good mental and physical health.
6. Prevents Erectile Dysfunctions
Fifty per cent of men older than 40 suffer from erectile dysfunctions and all young men fear the moment when they won’t be able to get it up any more. The best medicine against impotence is…sex. An erection keeps the blood flowing through your penile arteries, so the tissue stays healthy. Plus, doctors compare an erection to an athletic reflex: the more you train the more capable you are to perform.
5. All STDs Have Symptoms
Chlamydia, gonorrehea, and herpes are just a few diseases that often exhibit no symptoms. Wear a condom and get checked regularly, kids.
4. Live longer
A healthy heart, stronger muscles, increased circulation of oxygen and happiness are some of the factors that add life to the years and as a result – years to your life.
A study published in the British Medical Journal reveals that men who engaged in sex often live twice as those who rarely had any action.
3. That’s So Hetero
Many people think there are only two sexual orientations, you have to pick one.
WRONG, in 1948 Alfred Kinsey set up the “Kinsey scale” which goes from 0 (heterosexual) to 6 (homosexual) and theorized that sexuality was more of a gradation with people falling anywhere between the two extremes. A more recent survey of over 50,000 people suggests that over HALF of the population doesn’t fit squarely in either the straight or gay category.
2. Healthier Semen
If you’re trying to conceive, you increase the volume of semen if you have sex regularly. Regular sex replaces old sperms from the testicles. If there is a natural build of sperms it can lead to DNA damage.
Premature Ejaculator? Maybe not! A 2005 multinational survey concluded that the average duration of coitus before male climax was 5.4 minutes.