[By Louisa Yip]
Are you and your partner riding the sexual median- or is your lovemaking off the chart?
We compiled the most interesting sexual health related facts and explain how it could affect to your relationship
82: The number of times the average couple has sex in a year
People often wonder how often they should be having sex, and there’s no right number. Sex experts are reluctant to quantify how much sex is enough, although the general consensus is that as both parties are happy with the frequency, then whatever figure it may be is normal. This is something that is completely relative to the couple, their age, their lifestyle, their sex drives and their happiness. Remember, sex begets sex, and sex ruts beget sex ruts; if you set your mind to having sex with your partner more, you would probably end up doing so as your body would be more tuned in to be turned on.
20: Number of minutes the average couple spends on foreplay
Foreplay extends a couple’s intimacy, and it also prevents a woman from feeling used and unfulfilled. In general, women take longer to get aroused than men, and the difference between 10 and 20 minutes of foreplay could be the difference between being in a satisfying relationship or not. After all, the skin is our body’s largest organ; leaving ample room for ’endless exploration’. Also the brain is the biggest sex organ, so talking about sex and sharing a sexy thought is also great form of foreplay.
200: Number of calories the average person burns in 30 minutes of intercourse
Don’t throw out your running shoes yet. Sex may be exercise, but it’s not nearly sufficient exercise to burn off your belly. Make sex an addition to your workout routine.
2: The number of minutes before ejaculation that qualifies as premature
Premature ejaculation (PE) is much more common than erectile disorder, and some studies estimate that 1 in 3 men experience it. Many guys with PE don’t even make it to intercourse and ejaculate during foreplay. It doesn’t mean that a guy is lazy, selfish or immature; in fact much of the latest science suggests a genetic link. While there is no ‘little blue pill’ for the condition yet, behavioral therapies can help, as well as medications such as Paxil, which is thought to delay ejaculation.
1 in 4: Number of Americans who are living with an incurable STD
Never ever take your sexual health for granted. Look after it closely, and if you have any suspicions, get tested. Knowing your body as well as your partners and by using honesty, sensitivity and safe sex, ensures that love is the focus and not a disease”
48: Percentage of women who say they faked an orgasm at least once in their life
While there is a time and place for faking, it’s not the preferred route of sex experts, and it could signal some relationship issues that need to be addressed. Fakers beware; it’s a slippery slope and often leads to more faking, buildup of anger or resentment, and a lack of enjoyment and interest in sex. Rather than faking, better to be in a relationship where it’s OK if you don’t always have an orgasm and you can talk about he reasons. Every time someone fakes it, there’s a lost opportunity to communicate and make sex as well as your relationship better
84: Percentage of women that say they have sex to get their man to get out of the house
Surprised? But listen to this, sexual health experts say that a little ‘sexual bribery’ in a healthy relationship can be a good thing. Studies have shown that women are more likely to be interested in sex if the house is clean. Thus for men, doing a little ‘choreplay’ may actually be a brilliant strategy.