4 Sex myths that need to die

Naturally sex has enough mystique surrounding it that the myths that surround it seem unnecessary. But some of these tall tales need to be snuffed out because they’ve been around for way too long with absolutely no scientific basis.

Not tonight dear, I have a headache

Reportedly this clichéd eques that women use to get out of having sex is a lesson in self sabotage. Sex has actually been shown to lower the pain caused by headaches. Live Science reports that, ‘a study published in the March issue of the journal Cephalalgia, found that sexual activity relieved the pain of migraines or cluster headaches, severe, one-sided recurring head pains, for up to a third of patients. Some of the patients even reported using sex as a kind of headache therapy.’ That settles it, you can’t keep using that excuse forever now.

Women do not watch porn

Pornography is a touchy subject. Some people like it, some can’t stand it and some just think it is plain old wrong. Although it is true that most porn that is produced caters to men’s preferences and men do continue to be the primary consumers of the entertainment form but that does not mean that women do not watch it. According to Alternet, ‘One in three adults browsing Internet porn sites are women, according to Nielsen ratings.

Double the protection double the assurance

Even though people like to joke that wearing two condoms is better than one this might result in a world of trouble. Double layers could defeat the purpose of wearing protection in the first place. Columbia University advice column Go Ask Alice gave this words of wisdom, ‘Using two male condoms at the same time isn’t recommended for pregnancy prevention or as a safer sex method. In fact, “double-bagging” as it is sometimes called, can increase the friction between the condoms during intercourse, making them more likely to rip or tear.’ One is enough.

Men cheat more than women

The myth that’s as old as time, men cheat more than women. But do they really? The truth men tend to be sloppier about their cheating than women and that is why it seems that way. Women’s Day has some interesting facts, ‘An Indiana University study shows that men and women cheat at the same rate. But “the reasons the sexes cheat are different,” women are more likely to cheat for emotional satisfaction. So maybe this is no real consolation but men and women cheat with similar frequency.

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