Sex myths, busted!

Salome Mit­ter sep­a­rates FACT FROM FIC­TION – WHETHER IT IS THE MIS­SION­ARY PO­SI­TION OR SEX-IN­DUC­ING LABOUR.

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HOOK-UPS MAKE YOU HAPPY: FALSE

A study of nearly 7,500 US college stu­dents across 14 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties found that this pre­sump­tion is far from true. While healthy sex boosts our health life, this boost doesn’t ap­par­ently work for ca­sual sex or hookups. The study found that those who had more hookups had lower lev­els of hap­pi­ness and self-es­teem, and higher lev­els of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. In a blow to the myth that men are okay with ca­sual sex, the study found no dif­fer­ences be­tween the sexes.

SEX ONCE A WEEK SLOWS AGE­ING IN WOMEN: TRUE

Here’s an­other rea­son to en­tice you to get it on… Hav­ing sex at least once a week slows age­ing in women. A new re­search re­veals that even if women do not en­joy be­ing in­ti­mate, be­ing ac­tive be­tween the sheets in­creases the length of women’s telom­eres. Telom­eres ‘cap’ the end of Deoxy Nu­cleic Acid (DNA)/ ge­netic

Sex ev­i­dently keeps age­ing at bay by re­duc­ing stress and boost­ing the im­mune sys­tem.

ma­te­rial strands. Longer lengths in telom­eres are as­so­ci­ated with slower age­ing, longer life­spans and im­proved over­all health. Ap­par­ently women’s telom­eres lengthen with reg­u­lar love­mak­ing even if they are not sex­u­ally sat­is­fied in their re­la­tion­ship. Sex ev­i­dently keeps age­ing at bay by re­duc­ing stress and boost­ing the im­mune sys­tem.

FRE­QUENT SEX DUR­ING PREG­NANCY HASTENS LABOUR: FALSE

This is not only a wrong but also a dan­ger­ous no­tion. Pub­lic health physi­cian Dr Shehu Martins main­tains that the num­ber of times a woman has sex late in preg­nancy does not open the cervix. She could, how­ever, have sex for plea­sure – but only with a con­dom, as sperm can threaten the foe­tus and lead to mis­car­riage in the early stages. A woman’s cervix opens in three parts – when she is men­stru­at­ing, hav­ing sex and dur­ing labour. How­ever, sex does not ex­pand the cervix. A woman’s cervix goes through changes in late preg­nancy and in early labour so that it can di­late to al­low the baby to pass through. It is a myth that vig­or­ous sex will make the cervix open fast. The cervix will only open dur­ing spon­ta­neous labour, or when labour is in­duced when the cervix does not open at the stage of se­ri­ous labour.

MEN SHOULD WEAR BOX­ERS IN­STEAD OF BRIEFS FOR MAX­I­MUM FER­TIL­ITY: FALSE

It is of­ten sug­gested that a man’s choice of un­der­wear im­pacts his fer­til­ity. Tight briefs are pre­sumed to be detri­men­tal to male fer­til­ity. How­ever, a re­cent study claims that it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what kind of un­der­wear men use; they can wear what­ever is com­fort­able for them. Scro­tal tem­per­a­ture is im­por­tant and the tes­ti­cles need to stay a few de­grees cooler than the rest of the body for proper sperm pro­duc­tion, which is why they are out­side the body. Un­der­wear – whether snug or loose – does not have much im­pact on male fer­til­ity.

SEX SHOULD BE AVOIDED BE­FORE ATH­LETIC PER­FOR­MANCE: FALSE

Since an­cient times, it has been be­lieved that ath­letes shouldn’t have sex be­fore ath­letic per­for­mance. While some be­lieved ath­letes needed to make sac­ri­fices to be the best, oth­ers claimed that ath­letes needed as much male hor­mone (testos­terone) as pos­si­ble to make them more ag­gres­sive. It was thought that a man ejac­u­lat­ing would re­sult in him los­ing testos­terone. How­ever, a meta-anal­y­sis on the sub­ject indi­cates that sex­ual ac­tiv­ity does not im­pact a man’s ath­letic per­for­mance, un­less he didn’t get a good night’s sleep be­cause of it. Be­ing up all night hav­ing sex would im­pact com­pet­ing the next day. What’s more, smok­ing or al­co­hol use si­mul­ta­ne­ously with sex could also lead to pos­si­ble neg­a­tive ef­fects.

MIS­SION­ARY IS BOR­ING: FALSE

Alia Bhatt is not the only one who went on record to say it is her favourite po­si­tion. Now the ol’ tried and tested po­si­tion gets an­other boost with a lit­tle tweak­ing. Highly rec­om­mended is the CAT or Coital Align­ment Tech­nique. In this mod­i­fied ver­sion of mis­sion­ary sex, the man rides a lit­tle higher, slid­ing his body up an inch or two so that the base of the pe­nis rubs against the woman’s cli­toris. A study of women who were un­able to or­gasm from mis­sion­ary sex, re­ported a 56 per­cent in­crease in their or­gasm fre­quency af­ter they had mas­tered CAT. It works be­cause pen­e­tra­tion alone does not do the trick and most women also need some cli­toral stim­u­la­tion. The mod­i­fied mis­sion­ary po­si­tion of­fers di­rect pres­sure plus the rock­ing and grind­ing gives women ad­di­tional cli­toral stim­u­la­tion. Us­ing a pil­low un­der the woman’s hips gives lift and sup­ports the pelvis an­gle. Bust the myth that mis­sion­ary is blah!

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