When it comes to movie sex, most scenes usually involve a woman throwing her head back, gasping loudly into the air and letting out some pretty vocal moans during orgasming.
But is there any correlation between how loud you are in the bedroom and how good the sex is? The Archives of Sexual Behavior, thinks not, and says that "copulatory vocalizations" (the fancy name for loud moans) are actually often made by the woman to urge her man on.
They asked 71 sexually active heterosexual women aged between 18 and 48 multiple questions about making noises during sex, and 66 percent of the women said they were often loud to spur on their partner to climax. 87 percent added that their motivation was to boost their partner's self-esteem, while the majority revealed it was not as an indication of pleasure.
Interestingly, a researcher went on to add that the frequency of moans by women increases before and during a man's ejaculation, despite most orgasms occuring during foreplay.
They explained: "While female orgasms were most commonly experienced during foreplay, copulatory vocalizations were reported to be made most often before and simultaneously with male ejaculation."
The participants also admitted they made noise "to relieve boredom, fatigue and pain/discomfort during sex."
Kristen Mark, a sexuality researcher at Indiana University, went on to tell CNN that loud bedroom antics might be a result of the media, adding: "There isn't a lot of research in this are, but we're bombarded with images through mainstream media that tell us moaning is associated with orgasm and sexual pleasure."
The moral of this story? Being louder might not mean the sex is better, but if it helps your man to have a better orgasm? You go, girl.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.