We all have our preconceived accepted “truths” about sex. But, how much of what we think we know is actually true?
Well, we’ve done the research on all things orgasmic, risque and desirable, and what we’ve uncovered will shock you.
Post-Coital Cuddling Benefits Long After Leaving the Bedroom
Cuddling has been a standard of proper post-intercourse procedure for as long as such bedroom behaviours have existed.
Though its popularity may waver – particularly among young, reportedly-non-committals – new research shows side effects of spooning may be stronger than you think.
According to findings of Amy Muise, Elaine Giang and Emily Impett, the duration of post-sex affection has positive association with higher sexual satisfaction, resulting in higher relationship satisfaction for those in committed relationships.
Women Fake It for Themselves
Contrary to popular belief, women may be faking orgasms not to stroke their partner’s ego, but to enhance their own sexual pleasure.
In one study, four factors were used in the Faking Orgasm Scale for Women (FOS):
- faking orgasm out of concern for one’s partner’s feelings
- faking for fear of a negative sexual experience
- faking to increase one’s own arousal
- faking it to end sexual activity
Though faking it to spare a partner’s feelings was a key factor, study co-author Erin Cooper told a Huffington Post writer that pretending to reach climax is merely another “tool in the toolbox” of sexual satisfaction techniques for women.
Only Heterosexual Males Care About Infidelity
Emotional cheating versus physical infidelity is a divide that has threatened to destroy even the oldest of partnerships.
In a survey of 63,894 gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual individuals, researchers asked participants which would cause them more emotional distress: a partner engaging in an emotional affair (but never engaging physically) or a partner having sexual relations with another (but not falling in love).
Researchers, David Frederick and Melissa Fales, that while the heterosexual male survey population was by far more upset by sexual infidelity, a staggering 70 percent of all other participants preferred physical cheating over emotional unfaithfulness.
Orgasm Obsession Can Actual Deter Satisfaction
That’s right. Despite what your favorite porn provider may lead you to believe, focusing too much on orgasm achievement may actually inhibit one’s ability to climax.
In a study of sexual satisfaction, four factors of focus were considered:
- emotional and masculine
- relational and feminine
Dr. Sarah McClelland that though orgasm was important to some participants, it was not a viable determinant for whether or not an individual was sexually satisfied.