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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Episode 7-Interesting Sex Facts

Interesting Sex facts

Compiled By Christie LaValley for Under the Covers on
***This is in no way is an ad for sex.  These are suggestions for your personal life, not for office visits.

Not going out as much? 32% percent of men say they are masturbating more since the recession.
— Sex-related entertainment (porn mags or videos, strip clubs, escort services, phone sex, sexting, etc.) has taken the plunge with the economy: Forty-two percent of guys cut it from their budget entirely.
— Women are having sex 17% more often than the average guy.
— One in three men and women are completely satisfied with their sex life. (Alas, the same number of both sexes think their sex life could drastically improve.)
Not going out as much? 32% percent of men say they are masturbating more since the recession.
— Sex-related entertainment (porn mags or videos, strip clubs, escort services, phone sex, sexting, etc.) has taken the plunge with the economy: Forty-two percent of guys cut it from their budget entirely.
— Women are having sex 17% more often than the average guy.
— One in three men and women are completely satisfied with their sex life. (Alas, the same number of both sexes think their sex life could drastically improve.)
Did You Know?
— The average American man's erect penis is five to seven inches long with a circumference of four to six inches, according to The Kinsey Institute.
— 46% of women would give up getting laid for two weeks rather than logging off the Internet for the same amount of time, according to a survey conducted by Intel.
— Want the ultimate orgasm? Abstain from any sexual activity at all for three weeks. That's the amount of time it takes for your testosterone levels to peak and boost your libido, according to a study published in the World Journal of Urology.
— There are 500-1,000 deaths per year from autoerotic asphyxiation. that's equal to the numbers of murders in New York City each year.
Here are 11 facts that just might surprise you:  found on  
1. When it comes to online porn, men are 6 times more likely than women to seek it out.
Why? Likely because men are more stimulated by the visual whereas women often prefer erotica where their imagination can fill in the blanks.
2. If getting down involves being tied up, the man is most often the one bound.
Why? Studies say that it’s because men spend most of the time needing to be the ones in control. So, relinquishing that control is the turn on.
3. According to Alfred Kinsey’s “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” 81 percent of men say they have experienced nocturnal emissions.
Why? That’s an easy one. Men dream about sex. Women do as well. There are just fewer statistics on the subject because, according to Planned Parenthood, there is less “evidence” to research. (This lack of “evidence” may also be why research tells us that men average 11 erections a day and nine per night. But we don’t have comparable stats for women).
4. The most popular flavor of edible underwear is cherry. The least popular is chocolate.
Why? This one has me stumped too. Personal preference, I suppose. But a survey of sex shop owners came up with this little factoid. And they certainly would be the experts on that count.
5. According to the books, in Fairbanks, Alaska, it’s illegal for moose to have sex on the city sidewalks.
Why? It’s dangerous to passersby, as you can imagine. The problem is enforcement, as you can also imagine.
6. Having sex can make a woman look younger and more attractive.

Why? The experts agree: When a woman has sex, she produces amounts of the hormone estrogen, which gives a shine to the hair and a smoothness to the skin. Increased blood flow means a flush of the cheek and even a pout of the lips. And because sex also increases the production of collagen, having sex can ward off age spots and sagging. Some even call sex the real fountain of youth.
7. You could say healthy sperm is a hard core athlete with serious staying power. It takes a sperm one hour to swim seven inches. Although ejaculate travels at 28 miles per hour during its initial spurt. (For reference, 27.1 mph is the world record for the 100 yard dash).
Why? To get the job done, of course. Sperm are on a mission to fertilize, so the heartier the better. Not to mention the more the merrier. Did you know that studies show that throughout a man’s lifetime he will ejaculate approximately 18 quarts of semen. (That’s half a trillion sperm.)
8. Having a Ph.D. makes a woman twice as likely to be interested in a one-night stand as her Bachelor degree holding counterparts.

Why? Well, some argue it’s because she’s not worried about him ever buying the cow, if you follow the metaphor. A woman with a Ph.D. doesn’t need to use her milk to get a man in order to support herself, she’s got a degree to help her make the big bucks. So, sex can be about pleasure for women in the same way in can for men.
9. Fourteen percent of men and 60 percent of women say they did not enjoy sex the first time.
Why? Well, the disparity likely comes from the fact that women have historically and unnecessarily felt guilty about having sex for the first time, a feeling most men do not have. It is also a result of women not knowing what to expect since the topic of sex was, for a long time, concerned improper for women. Then there’s the issue of not having a partner who is able to please her since the old in and out doesn’t work for a woman the way it does for a man.
10. More women talk dirty during sex than men, according to Playboy Magazine.

Why? Women like the auditory simulation much like men like the visual. Studies show that women find pleasure in talking dirty and doing it inspires their partner to do the same, which they also find arousing.
11. Although no one can agree on an exact number, a noteworthy percentage of women have said, when surveyed, that they prefer chocolate to sex.
Why? Research has shown that the same chemical that causes the ecstatic highs in sex, phenylethylamine, is also found in chocolate. And eating chocolate as opposed to having sex means, as the saying goes never having to say you’re sorry…
We may never have the complete picture when it comes to sex. That is, unless truth serum becomes a mandatory cocktail. Until then, it’s interesting to consider the facts and figures we can gather about the one thing that we all seem to know both everything and nothing about.
Jenny Block is a freelance writer based in Dallas. She is the author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage." Her work appears in "One Big Happy Family," edited by Rebecca Walker and "It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters," edited by Andrea Buchanan. Visit her website at or check out her blog at

On Random
  1. During 30 minutes of active sex, the average person burns approximately 200 calories.e
  2. On average, adult men think about sex every seven seconds.e
  3. Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years.f
  4. The average size of an erect penis measures between 5 and 6 inches, while the average size of a flaccid penis is about 3.5 inches.e
  5. The sperm count of the average American male in 2008 was down nearly 30% from the sperm count of an average American male 30 years ago.h

Viagra was released in 1998 with over $411 million in profits within its first three months

  1. Viagra, the well-known blue pill designed to help with erectile dysfunction, made $411 million in profits within the first three months of its release in 1998 before going on to make $1.8 billion in 2003.g
  2. Use of the condom was first noted in published literature in the early 1500s. The device was originally made of linen, and historians believe the legendary lover Casanova used linen condoms.a
  3. Historical records show that even in 1850 B.C., women attempted to practice birth control. The most common method was a mixture of crocodile dung and honey placed in the vagina in the hopes of preventing pregnancy.a
  4. Although nearly any body part or item of clothing may be an object of sexual fetishism, the shoe and the foot are the two most common fetishes in Western society.e
  5. Just a decade ago, only 25% of women reported experiencing orgasm as a result of intercourse. In recent years, this number has risen to about 45%. In contrast, over 80% of women report experiencing orgasm though oral sex.e
  6. The vibrator, a common sex toy for women, was originally designed in the nineteenth century as a medication to combat the anxiety-related symptoms of “hysteria” (now known as menstruation).a
  7. Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until 1973. It has since been removed and is now considered an orientation by the APA instead of an illness.h
  8. Throughout the United States, approximately 4% of the population self-identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.h
  9. Approximately 1% of people worldwide identify as asexual (having no strong sexual attraction to either sex).b

office romance

One in five Americans has been sexually involved with a coworker

  1. Statistics suggest that approximately one in every five Americans has indulged in sex with a colleague at work.e
  2. Approximately 70% of people in the U.S. admit to fantasizing about group sex at some point in their life, and more than 50% of those people actually follow through.e
  3. Nearly one in four Americans (65 millions people) are currently living with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD).i
  4. During 2007, more than 2.5 million people worldwide became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. With these new cases, there are now 33 million people living with AIDS throughout the world.i
  5. Since AIDS was first diagnosed in 1981, more than 25 million people have died as a result of the virus. Two million people died from AIDS in the year 2007 alone.i
  6. The average male produces several million new sperm daily. Conversely, a female is born with a finite amount of eggs and will produce no more than that throughout her lifetime.f
  7. Statistics show that approximately 90% of men and 65% of women masturbate from time to time.e
  8. Worldwide, 27.5% of women report that they felt pressured into having sex for the first time compared to 15% of men reporting the same feelings.c
  9. According to a 2007 worldwide sex survey, the average age when people first have sex is 19.25. The survey also found that people in Asian countries tended to lose their virginity at a much later age (an average of 22) than those in Western cultures (an average of 18).c

sex in the car

The car is second only to the bedroom as a favorite place to have sex

  1. Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for adults in the U.S. to have sex is the car.c
  2. The average couple spends about 20 minutes engaged in sexual foreplay prior to intercourse.e
  3. Worldwide, sexually active adults report having sex an average of 103 times per year. This number is down from an average of 127 times per year in 2003.d
  4. One report states that 48% of women have faked an orgasm at least once in their life. Interestingly, an identical 48% of men also report faking an orgasm at least once.d
  5. Throughout the world, approximately 25% of people report having had only one sexual partner. Conversely, 21% of people report having more than 10 sexual partners in their lifetime.d
  6. One survey reports that 53% of sexually active Americans claim to have sex at least once weekly. However, only 48% of Americans report being satisfied with their sex life.c
  7. Many of the ingredients in chocolate are proven to cause arousal similar in effect to sexual foreplay. In fact, some experts believe chocolate may be even more effective than foreplay for sexual arousal.a
  8. Both men and women can be turned on by the aromas of wine. The scents of many wines are believed to replicate human pheromones, the chemical substances that cause behavioral responses in humans.a
  9. Endorphins released during sexual activity create a euphoria similar to that produced by opioid drug use. These same endorphins also act as extremely effective pain killers.f
-- Posted January 10, 2009
a Baker, JoAnn and Erica Orloff. 2001. Dirty Little Secrets: True Tales and Twisted Trivia about Sex. New York, NY: MacMillan Publishing Company, Inc.
b Bogaert, Anthony F. 2004. “Asexuality: Prevalence and Associated Factors in a National Probability Sample.” The Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 41.
c Durex. “The The Face of Global Sex 2007.“ Accessed: January 9, 2009.
d Durex. “The Global Sex Survey 2005.“ Accessed: December 23, 2008.
e Kanner, Bernice. 2005. Are You Normal About Sex, Love, and Relationships? La Vergne, TN: Lightning Source, Inc.
f Keesling, Barbara. 2000. Rx Sex: Making Love Is the Best Medicine. Alameda, CA: Hunter House, Inc.
g Kick, Russ, ed. 2006. Everything You Know about Sex Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to the Extremes of Human Sexuality (and Everything in between). New York, NY: The Disinformation Company Ltd.
h Laumann, Edward O., John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels. 1995. Sex in America. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.
i UNAIDS. “2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.” Accessed: December 28, 2008.

10 Weightloss  Fascinating Fact: Sexual acts lead to weight loss
The average human loses 26 calories when kissing for a minute. Furthermore, vigorous sex for half an hour burns 150 calories (you can lose three pounds in a year – if you have sex 7 to 8 times a month). Kissing is also very good for your teeth: the extra saliva released during the act helps to keep the mouth clean – reducing the risk of decay.
9 Pubic Wigs  Fascinating Fact: In Victorian times, whores wore pubic wigs
The pubic wig (merkin) has been around since the 1400s when it was originally worn by women who had shaved their pubic hair off to prevent lice. In the Victorian times it was frequently worn by prostitutes who wanted to conceal the fact that they had diseases like syphilis (Honest – we aren’t merkin’ this up). They are also used in the film industry to conceal actors genitals in nude scenes
Merkin800Px-Condom 1900
8 Condoms   Fascinating Fact: Condoms were originally made of animal intestines or linen
In Asia before the fifteenth century, some use of glans condoms (devices covering only the head of the penis) is recorded. In China, glans condoms may have been made of oiled silk paper, or of lamb intestines. In Japan, they were made of tortoise shell or animal horn (ouch). In the 16th century, condoms were often made with linen sheaths soaked in a chemical solution and allowed to dry before use. The cloths were sized to cover the glans of the penis, and were held on with a ribbon. Pictured above is an animal intestine condom from the early 1900s.
7 Not Tonight Josephine-  Fascinating Fact: Sex cures headaches
Next time your significant other refuses your advances by claiming to have a headache, remember this fact: the sex act can help to cure a headache. Sex causes the body to release endorphins which naturally reduce the pain of a headache.
6 Skin Care  Fascinating Fact: Sperm is good for the skin
The proteins in sperm have a tightening effect on the skin. When sperm is left to dry, the evaporation of the water in it leaves behind protein which can help to reduce wrinkles. While this may be an excellent anti-aging treatment, the obvious downside is that you have to walk around with sperm on your face.


Pubic Hair
Fascinating Fact:
Pubic hair is programmed to grow a certain amount

All hair on the body is controlled by a “growth program” which determines the growth duration (and consequently the length) of hair. Pubic hair has a shorter growth duration (on average just a few months) compared to hair on the head. This is what stops pubic hair growing to unmanageable lengths.


Blowsy Gal
Fascinating Fact:
The term “blow job” comes from the Victorian times

In Victorian times, a slang term for a prostitute was “blowsy”. At the same time, “blow” was slang for ejaculation. Consequently, by the 1930s, the act of fellatio came to be known as a blow job. It was also used to describe jet planes in World War Two. In Ancient Greece, the common slang for a blow job was “playing the flute”.


Male Porn
Fascinating Fact:
Men looking at male porn produce more sperm

Studies have shown that men who looked at porn of two men and one woman produced more sperm than those who looked at just women. Scientists speculate that seeing competition makes men step up their baby-making capacities.


Sex For Fun
Fascinating Fact:
Humans aren’t the only creatures to have sex for fun.

Humans aren’t the only members of the animal kingdom that have sex just for fun. Dolphins and Bonobo chimps have also been observed engaging in sexual activity, when they are not in their natural reproductive cycles. With the exception of a pair of Cohan gorillas observed doing so, bonobos are the only non-human animal to have been observed engaging in all of the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex, tongue kissing, and oral sex. When Bonobos come upon a new food source or feeding ground, the increased excitement will usually lead to communal sexual activity, presumably decreasing tension and allowing for peaceful feeding. Interestingly, Bonobo chimps also play and experience joy like humans.


Animal Prostitution
Fascinating Fact:
Some female penguins engage in prostitution

Believe it or not, in the wild, certain female penguins (even when in a committed relationship) will exchange sexual favors with strange males for the pebbles they need to build their nests. According to Dr Fiona Hunter (a zoologist): “It tends to be females targeting single males, otherwise the partner female would beat the intruder up.” On some occasions the prostitute penguins trick the males. They carry out the elaborate courtship ritual, which usually leads to mating. Having bagged their stone, they would then run off. [Source]

***This is in no way is an ad for sex.  These are suggestions for your personal life, not for office visits. 

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