I am one of those few people who are truly blessed in that I love my job. But, if there is anyone that has even more fun at work than I do, it must be sexual health researchers! Here are 7 interesting and surprising facts that have come out of the latest research into sex!
- You Burn More Calories Mowing the Lawn than You Do Having Sex
Sex might seem strenuous when things get hot and heavy, but it’s usually not that great of a workout. You’d have to go at it for nearly 200 minutes to burn as much energy having sex as you do during a 30-minute run. Even mowing the lawn burns about three times more calories than sex. According to the British Heart Foundation, sex burns about the same amount of energy per minute as ironing clothes.
- A Different Spin on Pavlov’s Dogs
You’re probably aware of Russian researcher Ivan Pavlov and his famous conditioning experiment in which he trained a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell. What you might not know is that one of Pavlov’s American students, W. Horsley Gantt, conditioned dogs to become sexually aroused when they heard specific tones. The experiment, according to Mandy Merck’s In Your Face: 9 Sexual Studies, was intended “to study conflicts of the drives between … experimentally induced anxiety states and sexual excitement.”
- A Surprising Number of Mothers Claim To Be Virgins
In a 2013 study of several thousand pregnant women in the U.S. published by the British Medical Journal, about 1 percent of the participants claimed they were virgins when they gave birth. This, of course, calls into question the veracity of studies that rely on self-reported sexual behaviors.
- Penicillin May Have Ignited the Sexual Revolution
One economist says that penicillin, and not the birth control pill, was the real enabler of the sexual revolution. A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2013 shows that penicillin contributed to a 75 percent decline in the number of deaths caused by syphilis from 1947 to 1957. Since the new treatment made sex safer, people started having riskier sex, which resulted in increases in the numbers of children born out of wedlock and teenage pregnancies.
- There’s a Link Between Pubic Hair And STDs
A downside of pubic grooming is that it might raise STD risk. In a study conducted by a University of Texas scholar, people who regularly shaved their pubic areas contracted STDs about 80 percent more often than those who never shaved down there. One suggestion is that those who regularly shave are more likely to tear their skin, making it easier for viruses to enter the body.
- Twins Can Have Different Fathers
While it is very rare, it is possible for fraternal twins to have two different fathers. In the very unlikely scenario were a woman has released two fertile eggs, and has sex with two different men in a short amount of time, it is possible for each of the men to have caused conception with each of the eggs.
- Some Sex Researchers Didn’t Want Their Findings to Get Into the Wrong Hands
The pioneering sex researcher Richard von Krafft-Ebing didn’t want his knowledge in the hands of ordinary folk. So he wrote Psychopathia Sexualis, the founding document of modern sexology—which was published in Germany in 1886 then translated and published in English in 1939—in Latin, to discourage regular Joes (and/or Janes) from reading it.
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