FOXSexpert: 15 Enlightening Sex Facts

Who doesn’t like to be the center of attention? When it comes to sex, the spotlight is on you. Only, forget “leaking” your secret sex tapes. These days, sex trivia is where it’s at.

Whether you’re trying to impress a date, own the party or steal the show, prepare to blow anyone away with these “enlightening” sex facts.

1. Stay in Control

According to sex researcher Shere Hite, most men don’t marry the women they’re most passionately in love with. Instead, they like to remain in control of their feelings and choose their wives rationally. Furthermore, they’re quite proud of it.

2. Have Sex, Burn Calories

Junk food is not good for your sexual response. Fatty foods limit testosterone production, possibly decreasing your sex drive. Can’t resist an unhealthy hankering? According to Forbes Magazine, sex three times a week for a year burns the equivalent of six Big Macs.

3. 2 a.m. Booty Call

People always look better at closing time. Research on singles bars has found that, as closing time approaches, both men and women see the other sex as increasingly attractive. The explanation: Those still available are much more attractive than the possibility of going home alone.

4. A Genetic Love Match

Your genes may determine your mate. Many traits we seek in being the same as a potential partner -- for example, faith, how we spend our leisure time or social attitudes -- are influenced by our genes. Genetic types gravitate to one another in what has been coined “positive assertive mating” or “fitness matching.”

5. Uncork the Wine

Both sexes can get turned on by the smell of wine, according to the aphrodisiac cookbook "Fork Me, Spoon Me." Wine’s aromas are viewed as replicating human pheromones, chemical substances believed to evoke a behavioral response in humans. While dry Rieslings, yeasty champagnes and some chardonnays are said to replicate female pheromones, cabernet sauvignons, pinots and Bordeaux blends are thought to replicate male pheromones.

6. Too Close for Comfort

Boys and girls who live in close proximity of each other from the ages of 3 to 6 are thought to lose the ability to fall in love with each other later. This has been noted in Israeli kibbutzes, where children are raised together and share a brother/sister-type relationship.

7. He's Too Tired?

Maybe “Honey, I’m tired” should be his excuse. Males produce several million sperm daily.

8. Addicted to Sex

Sex is the most natural high. Endorphins released during sex create euphoria, since they latch onto the same areas that interact with opioid drugs like heroin.

9. Hands Off

When many people, especially men, envision a woman pleasuring herself, the assumption is that she is using an action that mimics sex. Yet, according to the Shere Hite Reader, only 2 percent of women use penetration when stimulating themselves to orgasm. Back in the 1950s, Alfred Kinsey found that less than one-fifth of women masturbate this way.

10. They Used What?

Condoms have never looked better: In 1850 B.C., females used crocodile dung as a form of birth control. This waste was mixed with honey and placed in the vagina in hopes of preventing pregnancy.

11. Divorce? Ask Her

Sink or swim is typically her call. When her marriage is in trouble, a woman is much likelier to call a marital therapist than a man. She’s also likelier to initiate divorce proceedings. Divorces are filed by women 75 percent of the time.

12. Boy, Was He Wrong!

When it comes to masturbation, tradition has taught us that only the weak, immature and emotionally crippled masturbate. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, was part of this negative thinking, coming up with his own Victorian semen theory in his handbook "Scouting for Boys." It incorrectly held that the male only has a limited number of rounds of sperm for procreation and that these should not be wasted. Baden-Powell glorified autoerotic self-control and claimed that masturbation would lead to idiocy.

13. Men Love (Cinnamon) Buns

Certain smells elicit greater sexual response than others. Research conducted at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that men are most aroused by the smell of cheese pizza, roast beef and orange. Scents that actually increase blood flow to the penis include a combination of pumpkin pie and lavender, licorice and fresh doughnuts, and freshly- baked cinnamon buns.

14. Aroused by Pumpkin Pie

Certain odors increase vaginal blood flow. Research out of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that women were physically aroused by the scent of pumpkin pie, lavender, cucumber, licorice, and baby powder.

15. Paid Sex = Unhappiness

A 2004 study titled “Money, Sex & Happiness” found that those who have paid for sex are much less happy than others.

Dr. Yvonne Kristin Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."

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