Sex myths, busted!
Salome Mitter separates FACT FROM FICTION – WHETHER IT IS THE MISSIONARY POSITION OR SEX-INDUCING LABOUR.
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!