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14 Strange, Interesting Facts About Sex You Didn’t Know

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Think you’re the master of sex trivia? From constant orgasms to sperm lifespans, here are 14 interesting facts about sex we bet you didn’t know!

Think you’re a big-shot when it comes to sex news, gossip, and goodies? Well, how about this tidbit: did you know that vibrators were originally introduced in the 19th century, and were only used medically—on women—to reduce “hysteria” during childbirth? We’ve come a long way since then!

Think that’s a strange sex fact? There’s plenty more where that came from! We’re looking at the funny, strange, and downright outrageously interesting facts about sex that you’ve probably never heard before.

14 strange and wildly interesting facts about sex

These 14 interesting facts about sex are sure to spice up your sex life—and boggle your mind. [Read: 13 untold secrets about sex you really should know]

#1 That really turned me on…or did it? Misattribution of arousal is a term which describes someone who misidentifies exactly what is turning them on. One example would be someone misconstruing the emotional response to fear as a sexual reaction.

#2 Is she a cheater? Only during ovulation! According to Lustability’s research, women are more likely to consider committing adultery while ovulating. Something about the horny factor, perhaps? Whatever the case, be sure to keep your woman pleasured, especially before that time of the month!

#3 Orgasms are the new Ibuprofen. If you’re cramping from your “monthly gift,” suffer from arthritis, or have a headache so immense it should be considered the new Everest, then you need to be having sex. Like, right now. While jumping on your partner and putting those muscles to work may sound like the last thing you want to do while in pain, studies have shown that genital stimulation *and especially coming to your “Big O”* can actually relieve pain! This is due to the release of oxytocin in the body.

#4 There is a disorder where you can’t stop having an orgasm. Okay, so some may not see constant daily orgasms as anything to sniff at. “I wish I could be like that!” some may tout. However, when you have aching “blue balls,” or whatever the female equivalent is, after 200 daily orgasms, you may not be so thrilled by the idea. That’s exactly what happens to men and women who suffer from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder or PGAD—and it isn’t fun at all. [Read: Accidental orgasms – 7 ways to make the unexpected happen]

Imagine being on the constant brink of orgasm, and never gaining any relief; your thighs clenching, your toes tingling, or how about having an orgasm several times an hour and trying to keep a job? Or reaching orgasm in front of your kids? In front of Grandma?!

These are very real issues that affect sufferers from PGAD. The cause of PGAD is still being researched, with many doctors citing anything from stress to imagination as the cause! While there are treatments available, both surgical and organic herbal routes, this is a very real disorder that negatively affects many people today.

#5 Men find women in red hotter than others. In a study done by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, men were shown photos of the same women in different colored outfits, and the majority of men listed the women dressed in red as the most attractive and sexually desirable. [Read: 25 things guys find really sexy and attractive about a girl at first glance]

#6 Some people can’t orgasm. Literally. No, we don’t mean the “my girlfriend takes 30 minutes to come” kind of not orgasming. We mean straight up, medical condition, NO! Anorgasmia is a medical condition involving the almighty orgasm. There are varying stages of anorgasmia, from “Lifelong” to “Generalized.” These variants of Anorgasmia range from never having an orgasm ever in your life, neither with a partner nor flying solo, or being able to achieve orgasms, but only in the mildest, most unsatisfying way possible.

If your lack of orgasm is causing you distress, schedule an appointment with your doctor or gyno and get the low-down on your sexual dysfunction! [Read: 22 most common reasons why women fake an orgasm in bed]

#7 Men are usually attracted to fuller thighs. According to the University of Texas, men usually prefer women with thicker thighs and curvier bodies than the stick figures we see in the media. One study said the male brain’s reward system after taking drugs can be compared to the reward of looking at curvaceous ladies.

#8 75% of women can’t orgasm from penetration alone. If you’re a woman and you’ve been having sex for a while now, then this tidbit is probably not a big surprise to you. According to ABC News, 75% of women can’t reach the big O unless manual stimulation, toys, or oral sex are involved. We say, as long as you’re cumming, who cares? [Read: 10 really easy tips for women who want to experience mind blowing orgasms]

#9 The horniest country is…! According to an Ask Men survey of the top countries who are having sex, Greece came in at #1 as the horniest country of all!

#10 Orgasms only get better with age. Ladies, has your mom ever over-shared how her orgasm has only gotten stronger over time? It’s said that women in their 30s are reaching their sexual peak, with more powerful orgasms and a higher libido than ever. Apparently, your moms were right, and it just keeps getting better! According to a study by Swedish University of Gothenburg, senior citizens are super satisfied with what’s going on in the bedroom, reporting the “best sex” since their 70s! Hey, at least we’ve found one upside to getting older!

#11 You’re not a man until you drink some semen! According to practices by the Sambia Tribe in Papua New Guinea, boys don’t become men until they perform fellatio and drink down some manly semen and ingest a “Masculine Spirit.”

#12 Sperm can live 5+ days. According to WebMD, those strong little swimmers can live 5 days and beyond inside of the vagina. So, the next time you decide to skip using the condom…don’t! [Read: The different types of condom and how each of them can improve your sex life]

#13 Sex toys are banned in some states. Apparently, sex toys are still banned in some parts of the United States! If you’re living in Mississippi and you’re looking for that special addition to the bedroom, we suggest packing up and leaving town!

#14 I’m sleepy…want to shag? According to this study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, men who are sleep deprived are more likely to believe women are dying to get in their pants!

Sex is fun, fascinating, and sometimes just downright strange! We hope you enjoyed these whacky facts about getting down and dirty. Do you know any outrageous, interesting facts about sex? Help spread the word and leave them in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “14 Strange, Interesting Facts About Sex You Didn’t Know”

  1. Tuesday says:

    These were some really interesting facts and one in particular grossed me out. I know there are exceptions to the rule but these rules are somewhat strange yes. I have some experience in some areas where I can back up the fact with a 100% agreement. As a female it is more difficult to reach the full level of satisfaction with penetration only. There is really a need for different interaction and stimulation. I may have to try having sex when I am claiming I can’t due to a headache. I never have heard this one.

  2. black pie says:

    Great stuff! I was just thinking about getting it on with my woman right now and I’m really feeling it more because of this. It’s really interesting. We go hard in the bed room and we make it as fun as possible. We make sure it’s safe and nobody else but the two of us are watching.

  3. Marty says:

    I’ve always wondered where these ladies in red studies come from. To me, I don’t find a lot of women all that hot in red because it just doesn’t match their skin – whatever they’re wearing just completely dominates their body and it ends up looking terrible. For the most part, women in white tend to be the best looking in my eyes and it tends to match most bodies pretty well. But hey, I guess there’s something out there for everyone and playing the averages isn’t such a bad thing in the end.

  4. Delories says:

    Orgasms do get better with age! I 100% agree! When I was in my twenties, I hated sex. I could only get off from doing it myself. Then I turned 30…. It all changed after that. Maybe I found older and wiser partners on top of it, but my sex life has never ever been so great! The orgasms got better and the men in their 30’s and 40’s really know how to please a woman!! If you are younger, just wait, it will happen!!

  5. Virge says:

    Everyone acts like you have to be so in love to lose your virginity, otherwise you’ll be plagued with regrets and wish you had “saved” it. I lost my virginity when I was 18 and graduated from high school. I didn’t lose it to the guy I had a flirtation/hookup relationship with for a while (although he wanted it). I lost it to an old friend during a one-night stand. It wasn’t romantic, and it happened on my best friend’s couch (she was okay with it). It was kind of a stupid decision, and it kinda embarrasses me when people tell all their romantic and awkward stories. However, I don’t regret losing my virginity to him at all. And we still chat when we see each other and stuff, and no one judges me for not having an adorable first time. Now, I try to impress upon my younger friends that it’s okay to wait if you want to, but don’t worry about the buildup and fireworks, because the first time will never be fireworks, no matter how in love you think you are. Sorry this was rambly. I have a lot of feels about the meaningful virginity loss thing.

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