Updated: Mar 10, 2020
How sex can battle the depression, weird sex facts you must know, power of complimenting and decoding your sex dreams.
Can sex cure the depression and anxiety?
Depression can steal your sex drive and leave you feeling the deepest kind of lonely. And yet, sex can not only make you feel connected to another person, but the physical and biological responses our bodies have to sex can actually minimize some of the symptoms of depression.
Sex might not be a cure-all but there is a lot of evidence to prove that sex can have a positive impact on your state of mind, as well as your physical and mental health.
MRI studies have shown that the first thing to happen when we are aroused is that there is an increase in activity to the part of the brain that controls your emotions—this is called the limbic system.During this initial arousal stage, a few physical things happen, as well: our blood pressure and blood flow increases, sensitive areas of our body (such as the genitals and breasts) become tender and our hearts beat faster. In general, arousal acts like an "on" switch for our bodies to prepare us for intercourse.
Sexual intercourse increases our nitric oxide activity, which impacts our anxiety and depression levels.
8 weird facts about sex you must know
In the interest of keeping you totally informed about sex, love, attraction, and sexual health, we're sharing some of the most weird sex facts we've ever come across. Use these bits of sexual info to boost your bedroom knowledge and pleasure.
Have you ever wonder how many thrusts comes on average per intercourse? Researchers found out that typically it lasts 100 to 500 thrusts, according to a report in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
So if that's how long sex lasts in thrusts, how long does it go for in, well, minutes? A 2017 survey of 3,836 people conducted by UK-based dating website SauceyDates.com found that couples in the United States stay in the game for about 17 minutes and 5 seconds. (That’s just intercourse, not foreplay.)
Why complimenting during sex is important?
It might sound simple, but it can make a big difference.
When it comes to sex, one compliment can make the difference between a crazy-good sex life and one that's more so-so. According to a new study, knowing that your partner loves your body correlates to hotter, more enjoyable action between the sheets.
The study, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, focused on 244 women between the ages of 18 and 30, asking them questions about their body image and sex life.
The overall finding? The more a woman felt that her partner appreciates their body, the more satisfied she was with both their sex life and their relationship in general. Those who felt high levels of attraction from their partner had more arousal, lubrication, and orgasms, all signs that the sex is pretty damn enjoyable.
There was also a correlation between how much women value their own body and how much they think their partner values it. The women with a higher level of body confidence were also the ones who felt their partners were the most attracted to them. However, a woman's own body image was much less a predictor of sexual satisfaction than how she felt her partner saw her body.
Dreaming about sex? Let's see why...
Have you ever wonder what the hot sexual dream that you had last night really mean?
Sex dreams are a perfectly normal part of life. Sure, sometimes they might make us feel a little uncomfortable (dreaming about the coworker you see every morning is definitely awkward). Experts explain that people often worry that if they dream about something, it means they want to do it IRL, but that isn't the case. It almost never has anything to do with actual desire or arousal. Like any other kind of dream, sex dreams can have deeper meanings.
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