The Science Of Sex

I found these interesting factoids about sex and thought it would be nice to share it with the rest of you.

  1. Contrary to what Hollywood wants us to believe, married couples DO HAVE SEX. As a matter of fact, they have more sex than they did when they were single. Each year, Rutgers University publishes an assessment on the health of marriage and marital relationships called “State of Our Unions”. In 2004, this report revealed that 94% of married men say they are happier being married than being single. Additionally, 73% say their sex life is better since getting married, on both a physical and emotional level. There goes the “married couples don’t have sex…EVER” theory. So you see, guys, settling down is not ALL bad.
  2. Female orgasms are elusive.  We used to believe that they are a function of how good our male partner is or that “practice makes perfect.”  Many will be relieved to learn that few females can experience orgasms with penile stimulation alone.  Many women actually require assistance from fingers, toys, tongue, etc.  A study by Karen Wallen, professor of Psychology and Neuroendocrinology at Emory University, reconfirmed that women with a “C-V distance” (clitoris-vagina distance) less than 2.5cm are more likely to experience orgasms with penile stimulation alone.  The theory was first developed in the 1920s by Princess Marie Bonaparte, a French psychoanalyst and close friend of Sigmund Freud, who grew fed up with her own lack of orgasmic response.  She was so eager to test this theory that she surgically moved her clitoris closer to her vaginal opening.  Unfortunately for her, the experiment yielded disappointing results.  So all the guys out there, stop worrying about your “ability” in the sack, and focus on treating her well instead.
  3. So much of mating and attraction is affected by ovulation.  When a woman is ovulating, her features become softer (women will notice their skin is better, and they look prettier) to attract a mating partner.  Also during this period, she is more attracted to someone with masculine feature (associated with his ability to provide).  When she is not ovulating, she is actually more attracted to a man with more feminine features.  Moreover, when she is ovulating, she is more subconsciously sensitive to a man’s scent (sweat).  Through the sweat, women can sniff out those who are most genetically different from them, known as major histocompatibility complex or MHC, which governs the immune system. Since we are unconsciously programmed to mate based on our ability to procreate, the more different our mate’s immune system, the more genetically superior the offsprings and the more attracted we are to the other person. But, here is the kicker.  According to a study published in “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” perhaps because the pill alters a woman’s hormonal composition, instead of sniffing out the guy with the most different immune system, women on the pill shift their preference to the guy with the most similar immune system.  This means that a woman on the pill will choose someone she would otherwise normally not be attracted to, so when she goes off the pill, she will begin to notice strong aversion to her partner.  The pill is the most used form of temporary contraception and some women take it even when they are not in a relationship. Does this explain why people become less attracted to someone once the relationship takes a serious note (unprotected sex)?  Perhaps this can even explain a portion of the divorce statistics.

What do you guys think of these findings?


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