96 Fun Things To Know About Sex

Check out these trivia you can use to start a steamy convo with your guy.

1. You’ve probably heard that it takes 20 minutes for a woman to get aroused. But using thermal imaging of people’s bodies, researchers at McGill University determined that women get aroused as rapidly as men do—in about 11 to 12 minutes.

2. Research shows that lying down can dampen sensitivity to smell and sound. So missionary is not going to be as multi-sensory as a position in which you’re able to sit up.

3. Both women and men are capable of having orgasms in their sleep. When men have them, they’re called wet dreams. Both sexes typically are woken up by the intense sensations.

4. Scatophilia: sexual gratification from talking about naughty or obscene matters with a stranger, often by telephone.

5. In Uganda, many young women pinch and apply a mixture of herbs to their labia to elongate them. They believe men find this attractive.

6. One unconventional way to prevent pregnancy: Get your guy some polyester undies. According to research, men who wore polyester underwear became temporarily sterile, possibly due to abnormally high testicular temps and electromagnetic fields.

7. Why does semen sometimes have a bleach-like smell? It’s due to the chemical spermine, a natural disinfectant that buffers the sperm from vaginal acids.

8. Both women and men are capable of having multiple orgasms, but for a man to achieve one, his first orgasm must occur without ejaculation and without losing his erection.

9. Having trouble getting turned on? Before you assume it has to do with your guy, consider changing your birth control. The combination of hormones in different pills can have a marked effect on your level of arousal, including the amount of natural lubrication your body produces.

10. The French term for pubic lice is papillons d’amour or “butterflies of love.”

11. Ultrasound tests have revealed that male fetuses are capable of getting erections during the last trimester.

12. A University of Florida study found that narcissists are more likely to have casual sex. Apparently,  these self-involved folks look at sex in terms of power, not caring and love.

13. Masters and Johnson found that one percent of female test subjects were able to achieve orgasm solely from breast stimulation. Lucky girls!

14. In ancient Athens, a cheating male was sometimes punished by having his pubic hair removed and a large radish inserted into his rectum.

15. Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. One rare but very real problem for some women is PSAS (persistent sexual arousal syndrome). Those affected experience constant sexual excitement that cannot be relieved by orgasm.

16. If your guy is one of the many who fall asleep right after sex, don’t take it personally. An orgasm actually activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the “rest and digest” function of the body.

17. Homosexual behavior has been observed in marine birds, sheep, orangutans, and other animals. In fact, in 2003, a pair of male penguins in the Central Park Zoo, who had been a “couple” for years, raised a baby penguin together.

18. Massaging in little circles the spot on his heel just under the anklebone may result in a huge passion payoff. According to reflexology, it will get his entire lower half tingling.

19. For some women, the hottest time to have sex is in the middle of their cycles. During the second week (days 11 to 15 leading up to ovulation), you’re bursting with estrogen and testosterone, making you especially sensitive to touch.

20. Interspecies sex is a known phenomenon. For example, polar bears have gotten down with grizzlies.

21. The most arousing scent for men is a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie, according to research done by Alan Hirsch, MD, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

22. Talk about a mood killer! Sixty to 80 percent of dogs sleep with their owners, either on the bed or in it.

23. Among the nobility in 18th century Italy, it was common for a married woman to hire a cicisbeo—a male escort, confidant, and lover.

24. Approximately 100 to 150 calories are burned during intercourse.

25. A male experiences an average of four to five nocturnal erections while he’s sleeping.

26. An ideal position for getting fully in the moment? From behind. Not being able to see each other’s faces can make you much less self-conscious and less concerned about whether you’re pleasuring your partner.

27. On their wedding nights, some Roman brides would sit on the lap of a statue of the phallic god, Mutunus Tutunus, depicted with an erection.

28. The Italian method: the art of putting a condom on a guy with your mouth.

29. The length of a flaccid penis has no direct correlation to the size of the same penis when erect.

30. The Men’s Health International Sex Survey reports that Pinoys top the list when it comes to solo sex, masturbating at an average of 5.65 times a week. Just goes to show that self-gratification is a must for these dudes.

31. It was also discovered that the Philippines ranked fifth in terms of frequent porn-viewing. Twenty-four percent of Pinoys check out porn at least once a day.

32. The same study showed that Pinoys are one of the horniest men in the world, having sex at an average of 3.95 times a week. The country who topped the list? Korea, with its local men getting it on 4.5 times a week.
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33. If you’re a bike rider, you may seriously want to consider taking up a new sport. A study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who participate in competitive bicycling (about 100 miles of riding per week) experience decreased genital sensation.

34. There are approximately 5 calories in a teaspoon of semen.

35. Penis length isn’t nearly as important as girth. The wider his package, the better able you are to feel him against your sensitive vaginal walls.

36. One study found that the majority of men who consider themselves to be bisexual are really either gay or straight, but not into both sexes. When arousal was tested in self-described bisexual men, most were turned on solely by men, some solely by women, but very few were aroused by both.

37. Another study showed that caffeine increased sexual motivation in rats. At the very least, your morning java will increase your energy levels for an AM romp.

38. German researchers have found that a woman’s libido begins to drop once she’s in a secure relationship. After four years together, less than half of the study’s female participants wanted sex as often as their partners did.

39. In Thailand, males are offered free vasectomies on the king’s birthday—often, more than 1,000 are performed in his honor.

40. One survey revealed that the most common out-of-the-bedroom spot for couples to have sex is in a car.

41. The average speed of ejaculation is 45 kilometers per hour.

42. Thirty-two percent of Pinoys admitted that they’ve paid for sex.

43. Stress and pelvic tension can cause men’s penises to shorten. On the flip side, a relaxed pelvis can help increase penis length.

44. Are Pinoys women-pleasers? Rightly so—54 percent of Pinoy men claim that they’ve made their partners climax every single time—or so they think.

45. Studies suggest that vaginal exposure to semen could actually help improve your mood.

46. The second most favorite sex spot for men is a parked car.

47. In some North American aboriginal societies, a privileged status was given to those who had both male and female qualities, often called two-spirited.

48. In 2004, a woman was reportedly detained in the Athens, Greece, airport after her chastity belt set off the metal detector. Apparently, her husband was trying to keep her from straying while on vacation.

49. Polish men are the "most faithful" in the world—62 percent have never had sex with another women while committed to another.

50. Male college students who engage in casual sex report fewer symptoms of depression than those who don’t.

51. However, female college students who engage in casual sex report more symptoms of depression.

52. Dogging: a British term used to describe the act of having sex or watching others have sex in a semi-public place, most often parking lots. “Walking the dog” is the alibi.

53. Women are more likely to orgasm just before or during their period because the increased blood flow in the pelvic area and natural lubrication increases their pleasure.

54. The average length of a soft penis is about 3 to 4 inches.

55. The average length of a hard penis is 5 to 6 inches.

56. Women fantasize more during sex than men do.

57. That’s a good thing: Greater frequency of sexual fantasy among women has been associated with a greater sense of sexual satisfaction.

58. The same study found that men who fantasized frequently were less satisfied in their romantic relationships. But it seemed to have no correlation to their sexual satisfaction.

59. In India, some Hindu ascetics tie weights onto their penises to stretch them to more than a foot in length.

60. Priapism: A painful erection that persists after ejaculation. If not treated immediately, it can result in permanent damage to the penis and even impotence.

61. Here’s another good reason why obese men should think about dropping a few pounds: Weight loss seems to increase the size of their penises. As men lose the fat around the base of the penis, the apparent length increases significantly, about one inch for every 35 pounds lost.

62. Over the course of his lifetime, a male will ejaculate approximately 14 to 15 liters of semen.

63. A study of 290 couples under 30 found that non-smoking men had twice as much monthly sex as smokers did. They also rated their sexual enjoyment higher.

64. Electrically-powered vibrators were invented in the 1880s and used by doctors to treat women for hysteria, a misdiagnosed medical condition that includes faintness, nervousness, and irritability—the effects of which seemed to be relieved by having an orgasm.
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65. Research indicates that women can show genital signs of sexual excitement without realizing that they’re aroused. That’s further proof of just how important a chick’s mental state is when it comes to getting in the mood for action.

66. In London and New York during the 19th century, guidebooks to brothels a.k.a. “sex dens” were made available.

67. When a man ejaculates, only 200 sperm out of about 100 million actually reach the egg.

68. According to an Australian study, women who have sex with other women are more likely to climax. Thirty-one percent of women engaged in heterosexual sex did not orgasm during their last encounter. Only 24 percent of those who engaged in lesbian sex did not.

69. Research done by a law professor at Northwestern University suggests that increased access to porn, especially on the Internet, may be the reason for the 85 percent decline in incidents of rape over the last 25 years.

70. According to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, women may experience decreased arousal for up to a year after going off the birth-control pill. One possible cause: high levels of a protein called sex hormone-building globulin (SHBG), which blocks testosterone production in the body.

71. In the U.S., roughly 128,000 Passion Parties are held every year in which groups of women get together to talk about sex and purchase various sex toys and sensual products.

72. After criticism from Queen Sirikit of Thailand, authorities cracked down on Coyote Girls, who dance on bars and use their sexuality to sell products.

73. A study done at Wilkes University found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had 30 percent more immunoglobulin A, which boosts your immune system.

74. A small number of women are allergic to semen. Proteins from a man’s prostate gland can result in itching, burning, and hives both on the genitals and other parts of the body.

75. In 2005, librarians in Wisconsin earned money for charity by selling calendars with provocative photos of themselves hidden behind oversized books.

76. According to a study in The Journal of Sex Research, couples report that foreplay generally lasts 11 to 13 minutes.

77. Intercourse usually lasts roughly 7 to 8 minutes.

78. You may think that pregnancy kills your libido, but almost half of pregnant women say their sex drives are the same or even greater than they were before.

79. In 2005, Missouri passed a law requiring minors to have parental consent before getting a bikini wax.

80. The University of Toronto offers a Sexual Diversity program that takes an academic approach to understanding subjects such as S and M and other naughty proclivities.

81. One study found that 45 percent of men wish their penises were larger.

82. In the palace of Imperial China, eunuchs (castrated men) held many of the top positions. These men kept their genitals in a jar on a high shelf to symbolize their rise to the upper ranks.

83. Men who believe they have large penises are more satisfied with their overall appearance than those who believe they have smaller penises.

84. A G-spot orgasm and a clitoral orgasm may feel different from each other. The sensations you experience from an internal orgasm are more likely to feel like a shudder or roll compared with the electric sensation of a clitoral O.

85. When it comes to getting turned on, women don’t discriminate. A Northwestern University study showed that straight females were just as aroused by watching erotica involving men and women as they were erotica involving only women.

86. The head of the clitoris contains approximately 8,000 nerve endings, the greatest concentration in the entire body.

87. The penis only has about 4,000.

88. Seventy-five percent of men in relationships always have an orgasm with their partner.

89. Only 28.6 percent of women always do.

90. According to research, the most common erotic fantasy is sex with a past, present, or imaginary partner.

91. After World War II, Japanese  prostitutes attracted more American GIs by getting liquid silicone injected into their breasts to make them look bigger.

92. Horses release about 20 times more semen in a single ejaculation than humans do.

93. A study of first-year college students found that sexually-active males with a positive self-image had more sexual partners and tended to engage in unprotected sex.

94. Conversely, sexually active females who were happy with their looks were less likely to sleep around or take the same sexual risks.

95. In a recent survey, the largest percentage of men said they wanted to have sex three to four times a week.

96. Like guys, the largest percentage of women said they wanted to have sex three to four times a week as well.

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