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

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!

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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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Waverly Smith
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