Surprising facts about sex and sexual activity.
Here are 10 facts about sex that may just make you say, “I didn’t know that!” or “ooh” or maybe even “eww”. Enjoy!
Ejaculation combats nasal congestion in men
Oh gosh, we’re only about to go and give men another reason to think about sexual activity. In a 2008 study published in The Journal of Medical Hypotheses, experts state that men may overcome a blocked nose by having an orgasm. Apparently, an orgasm stimulates the adrenergic receptors in the nasal passage to get rid of that lousy blockage naturally. While we’re all for using the treatments that Mother Nature supplied us with, we hope those men never have to relieve their stuffy noses at work or at their friend’s house… That’s a strange sex fact if ever we heard one.
There are around 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris
Given the huge amount of fascination surrounding the female body in our society, you would have thought we’d be a little more clued up about the female sexual organs. Alas though, a simple fact about the clitoris finds its way into an article of strange sex facts. Did you know that the clitoris is comprised of around 8,000 nerve endings? This is why it is perhaps the most sensitive and sensual part of the female anatomy. The tip of the penis is made up of around 4,000 nerve endings– that’s half the amount of those that women have. Lucky ladies!
Some people are sexually attracted to objects
While we all may see beauty in inanimate objects such as the Eiffel Tower and the historical Berlin Wall, some people love buildings, objects or architecture so much that they develop a sexual attraction toward these objects. One lady became so besotted by the Eiffel Tower that she had a civil ceremony with it in 2007 and changed her surname to “Eiffel” to reflect the bond. There are a small number of people around the world who feel a sensual, emotional and physical attraction to inanimate objects and they call themselves “objectum sexuals”.
Pubic hair is intended to increase your sexual pleasure
While pubic hair is intended to protect the genitals, it is also intended to trap and hold ‘sex scents’, more formally known as pheromones, to enhance our partner’s sexual arousal. Indeed, pheromones are sex odours released by our bodies when we are aroused, and these in turn enhance the arousal of our partner when they’re detected. Here we were thinking pubic hair was just an unfortunate relic of having monkeys as ancestors. If only we could get a refund on that bikini wax…
Semen is a natural antidepressant
Feeling a little down in the dumps? Semen might just be your scientifically proven pick-me-up. Research psychologist Jesse Bering published an article in Scientific American, which stated that semen is packed full of natural mood-enhancers. Indeed, semen only contains around one to five per cent sperm, while the rest is made up of over 50 components including prolactin, oxytocin, serotonin and estrone, which are natural antidepressants.
Sperm is good for your skin
Semen is jam-packed full of protein which, when applied to the face, has the same anti-wrinkle properties as moisturising creams. It tightens your skin while nourishing it with zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium and fructose… wow, it sounds like the kind of expensive ingredients you shell out lots of money for doesn’t it? We think we’ll stick to the trusty face cream that we’re already using though – the scent of flowers is second to none.
Eating celery makes men more sexually attractive to women
News flash: Gents, to attract the ladies you need to stock up on celery. That’s according to sexperts Dr Walter Gaman and Dr Mark Anderson who say that eating celery increases the level of pheromones in a man’s body. Brace yourselves for the scientific part: by ingesting the androstenone chemical found in the cytoplasm of celery, the male body produces more pheromones, which naturally attract the ladies. You best add this into your routine before you go out on the pull. Have a shower and shave, sort out your hair, munch on a stick of celery, and you’re good to go.
The average speed of male ejaculation is 28 miles per hour
Yes you heard that right. The average speed of male ejaculation is 28 miles per hour – that’s pretty fast! However, Mark Elliot from the Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Columbus explains that once the sperm enter the vagina, they suddenly slow down and it takes them five minutes to make the six inch journey up the cervix and 72 hours to penetrate an egg. The life of sperm sounds pretty tough.
Erotic asphyxiation kills 500-1000 people a year
… and that’s in America alone. Erotic asphyxiation is the act of intentionally restricting the oxygen to the brain during ejaculation, either through strangulation, hanging, or other similar methods. When the flow of oxygen from the blood to the brain is suddenly cut off, it can cause feelings of intense giddiness, which reportedly intensify orgasms. This is risky business though, and one which kills around 500 to 1000 people a year in America alone.
Orgasms can prolong your life
Good news at last! Something pleasurable is actually good for us. In 1997, the British Medical Journal noticed a strong correlation between orgasms and mortality rates, pointing out that those who orgasm two times a week or more can add up to eight years on to their life. Doing the deed adds a bit of ‘oomph’ to the immune system, improves hearth health, boosts brain power and much more. We can’t think of a better excuse to get it on!