Things We Learned About Sex in 2016!

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2016 has been a pretty terrible year. It’s not all doom and gloom though! From an increase in sexbots to clues regarding the origin of the female orgasm – we’ve learnt a lot about sex and sexuality in the last 12 months. Let’s revisit the year that was.

1. Having Sex is Good for Your Heart

Not that we really needed another reason, but it’s an added bonus! According to heart expert Johannes Hinrich von Bortsel; “As well as an entire cardiac workout, before and during intercourse there is a big release of hormones that have a protective effect on our cardiovascular system.”

2. Sex Enhances Athletic Performance

Have a football match in the morning? A study conducted at the University of Florence found that sex temporarily boosts testosterone levels, making you feel extra strong and ramped up.

3. Men Fake Orgasms Too!

A recent paper looked into men’s reasoning for faking an orgasm and found that they did it as often as 1 in every 4 sexual encounters. The study, which was published in the Journal of Sex and Relationship Therapy, concluded that men most frequently reported faking an orgasm during vaginal sex. The reasoning varied from not wanting to heart their partner’s feelings to not really being in the mood for sex.

4. Talking About Sex Has Long-Term Effects

Communication really is key – and we now have research that backs this! A study on the libido of couples in a long-term relationship was recently published in the Journal of Sex Research. The research looked at 38, 747 people who had been in a relationship for at least 3 years. The study found that the factors linked with sexual satisfaction included receiving more oral sex, having consistent orgasms, having a good variety of activities/toys/locations, and making sure that the couple was communicating openly about sex.

5. The Reason Women Orgasm?

Scientists have claimed they have found the purpose of the female orgasm – to stimulate ovulation. In a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology, scientists looked at orgasms in a variety of female mammals. During orgasm, prolactin and oxytocin are released. Both of these hormones are said to stimulate ovulation. They argue that women have evolved to no longer need this form of stimulation, so now it’s all about the pleasure!

6. Sex to be Replaced with Pleasure Robots?

Experts have predicted that sex will soon become a luxury saved for special occasions, with robots and machinery in the bedroom set to become socially normal within the next 25 years. Dr Trudy Barber, who works on technology and sexual intercourse, believes that our growing immersion in technology has paved the way for it to take a mainstream role in sex; “It could be that we are so busy with our lives, we are so embedded in our technological narrative that the idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is a natural process in our evolutionary cycle.” With robots currently priced around £7,000 – it might take a while for this trend to catch on!

We’ll have to wait and see what 2017 brings us…

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