Ladies, we’re here to educate you on the little known (and downright weird) facts that no one mentioned in your sex education class at school. Disclaimer: they’re not for the faint-hearted (or squeamish)!
1 A quarter of penises are slightly bent when erect. True story.
2 Need to increase a cup size? All you've got to do is get turned on! Your boobs can swell up to 25 percent when you’re aroused.
3 For the average healthy man there is a staggering 300 million sperm in just a teaspoon of semen. Anyone else find this kinda creepy?
4 Although the nutritional value of a man’s sperm varies due to his diet and lifestyle, the average ejaculation (which is around three-quarters of a teaspoon for those who are interested) contains less than one calorie. Plus it contains protein, carbs and fat.
5 Naw! We knew there was another reason we thought dolphins were so awesome – aside from us lucky humans, they’re the only other species in the animal kingdom who have sex for pleasure. Go Flipper!
6 Forget horny goat weed ladies, if you need help in the arousal department, watermelon has your back. A study by the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center found that watermelon is made up of vital nutrients that can deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels.
7 The average penis is 14.2 centimetres long. Who’s going to whip out the ruler tonight?
8 Feel like you need to get in shape for summer? Why not up your sexercise: Canadian researchers at the University of Quebec at Montreal discovered that having sex burns more calories than a walk – that's an average of 69 calories per session for chicks.
9 Average speed of ejaculation? 45.05 kilometres per hour.
10 We all know sex feels great, but did you know it also does wonders for your health? Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have found that the Big O is better for your brain than a session of Sudoku. Multiple sex sessions? You’ve basically just completed the cryptic crossword – yay for you!
11 Let’s take a moment to process this sad fact: only 30 percent of women have orgasms from intercourse alone.
12 Think your man is only focused on pleasuring you when he goes down on you? Think again! A study by Oakland University researchers found that men use cunnilingus as a mate-retention strategy. Translation: he does it so you don’t stray. Crazy, right?!
13 Is your guy, er, struggling to get it up? Never fear – just feed him eggs. Why? They’re high in protein and the amino acid L-arginine which has been effective in treating erectile dysfunction. Hooray!
14 Child birth is meant to be one of the most painful things you can go through, right? Well for 0.3 percent of women, giving birth can be orgasmic! We’re praying we’re in that minority…
15 The average amount of time you spend locking lips with someone in your lifetime is 20,160 minutes. That’s 336 hours, 14 days or 2 weeks.
16 Would you rather watch an ep of Girls over having sex with your partner? A study has found that even boring sex you’re not that into has benefits. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that it’ll increase the happiness levels of both of you. Nice!
17 “Apart from improving our brain function, sex and orgasms reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, improve cardio health, improve muscle tone, reduce the risk of osteoporosis by increasing testosterone, release feel good hotmones, are good for our emotional health and can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety,” sex and relationship expert Isiah McKimmie explains.
18 When a guy gets turned on, his sweat becomes saturated with chemicals linked to female arousal.
19 It is possible for a guy to orgasm and NOT ejaculate. So don’t get suss of him if you don’t see any, er, evidence after you’ve done the deed.
20 Want to up your chances of reaching the Big O? Apparently wearing socks will get you there. The University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that when women put on a pair of socks, 80 percent were able to reach orgasm compared with just 50 percent for those sans socks. Not very sexy, huh?!