10 Sex Facts

April 16, 2013, 2:56 pmwomenshealth

10 facts about sex that people often get wrong.

Sex & Relationships

Brush up on sex facts and fiction as we bust some common myths

Sales of condoms decrease when a recession hits


When the stock market took a dive, other things began to rise. Sales of condoms jumped by over 6 per cent in the last quarter of 2008 in the USA. Either it's too expensive to go out, or too expensive to have a kid or both.

2. More than 1 out of every 10 online sites are pornography.


A 2006 Internet Filter Review estimated that 12 per cent of all sites are porn-based.

3. Humans are the only species to have sex for pleasure.


Although scientists haven't identified every animal that does, we do know that we aren't alone in loving to get it on.

4. “Sex” is the most frequently searched word online.


A little over a year ago the term “sex” was overtaken by the word “Facebook” in search volume on Google. Right now, “Facebook” is searched five times more often than sex.

This leads us to wonder, has Facebook ruined our sex lives?

5. Women who didn't attend university are more likely to have both oral and/or anal sex.


Studies show that women who have received post-high school educations are more open to giving and receiving both oral and anal sex. Look what you learn in uni!

6. The strongest muscle (for its size) in the body is the tongue.


Although there's some discrepancy on how to measure this strength, the tongue is the strongest muscle when it comes to its size.

7. Women have increased sex drives during ovulation.


Women have a heightened libido during ovulation. It's nature's way of getting us knocked up.

8. Chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac.

Fact and fiction

While chocolate contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that raises the body's endorphins which are natural antidepressants and libido lifters, chocolate’s aphrodisiac effects have yet to be scientifically proven.

9. Men's sexual organs are designed for more pleasure than women's.


Women win this contest hands down. The clitoris, after all, is the only known organ that's sole purpose is pleasure. It has the most nerve endings per area of any part of the body.

10. Having sex once a week can boost your immunity.


Researchers at Wilkes University in the US found that having sex regularly does, in fact, give you an immunity bump.

They found a 30 per cent increase in immunoglobulin A (IgA) proteins in people who had sex once or twice a week, compared to those who didn’t have sex. IgA binds to pathogens when they first enter the body and gets the immune system to destroy the invaders.

11. The avocado was named after sperm.


The Aztecs used the avocado as a sex stimulant, naming it ahuacatl, which actually means "testicle".

12. The vanilla plant was named after the vagina.


The word vanilla came from the Spanish word "vainilla", which is a form of the word "vaina", meaning "sheath". This word is, in turn, from Latin "vagina".

Click the image to read what animals can teach us about sex

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  1. Think about it07:19pm Thursday 08th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I screwed my teacher she taught me all about sexual life, what she did not know was not worth learning, then the Asians put the cream in to top it all off. Are ALL yanks WANKERS

  2. fr33kSh0w201211:46pm Sunday 05th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Number 9 is a joke men and women feel the same thing while doing it number 5 is wacky and the male version of the clitoris is called the FORESKIN and moronic parents make little baby boys have a circumcision STUPID PARENTS Hurts their boy like hell could you imagine getting a clitorectomy WITHOUT PAINKILLERS and AT 8 DAYS OLD girls? yeah you barbaric Parents it's sick and disgusting makes men 18 to 29 so sexually frustrated it's Male Genital Mutilation and it was condoned even back in the 90's. It's stopped now thank god but poor men like us (born in the eighties and nineties and BEFORE) will never feel much now.

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  3. 05:12pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Etymologically, vanilla derives from the Spanish word "vainilla", little pod

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  4. Alasdair04:20pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I'm sorry, but that second statement is completely false. The American Civil Liberties Union found that less than 1% of web pages are pornographic/sexual in nature. The study was conducted by a University of California professor and is based upon information that Google was forced to provide as part of an inquiry.

  5. Ronnie Monape02:25pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Alison, you're right. God created man and woman and called them Adam & Eve. Evil tumpered them and sinned and were to covered with leafs.Beacuse of this both become one partner go out to the world and mulitfly. Now.. Here we are you, me or etc.....

  6. veritas02:20pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Number 12 is unfortunate as I like vanilla, hope it doesn't spoil if for me.

  7. 01:50pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    All you need to know about women is, they all open their legs if they know you have money.If they think they can bludge off you they will do anything you want,as long as they get to spend what YOU work for.

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  8. impulse12:10pm Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    no 10 does it have to be involved with other ppl? or can it be the same result doing it ALONE??

  9. The Pooh11:58am Monday 25th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Guys please take note of 6 and 9...


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