SARA FACTS

Things Everyone Who Has Sex Should Definitely Know

1. Women and men can benefit from doing Kegels.

You’ve probably heard about the importance of Kegels more times than you can count. (But just in case, it’s an exercise where women squeeze their pelvic floor muscles — the ones that can pause your pee mid-stream or help your, uh, grip strength — which tones them for better bladder control and stronger orgasms.)

HOWEVER, let it be known that men should be doing them too. A recent study looked at men who suffered from premature ejaculation. All but five of the guys who did pelvic floor exercises improved within a few months. In the male version, guys squeeze their perineal muscles (between their genitals and their anus).

2. Smokers have weaker boners.

Lighting up can be a boner killer. Studies show that even occasional smoking in nonsmoking men and women led to reduced genital response. Another interesting study found that male smokers who quit the habit had bigger, firmer erections. Really.

 3.Sex just doesn’t feel as good when you’re schwasted.


Five rounds of gin and tonics won’t do your genitals any favors, either. Tons of research shows that alcohol can reduce sexual functioning and responsiveness. And anyone who’s experienced whiskey dick can attest to the boner-killing effect it often has in large doses. The fact is, alcohol is a depressant, and you don’t want anything dulling your senses when you’re having sex.

4.Sex is amazing for your health.


Consider it a naked cure-all…kind of. Research shows it can lower blood pressure and stress, lessen the intensity of migraine headaches, and give your immune system a boost. All good things.

5.Sex burns about three to four calories per MINUTE.


Men and women burn an average of 4.2 and 3.1 calories per minute (respectively) during sex, according to a recent study in the journal PLOS One. They also measured this calorie expenditure against actual exercise and found that having sex was about two-thirds of the level of intensity of exercise. And that, kids, is what we call multitasking.

 

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