Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Orgasm Face” Differs In Eastern And Western Cultures

The “orgasm face” you make depends on the culture you grew up in, according to a new study. Researchers studied 3,600 facial expressions and how people reacted to those expressions. The study, called “Distinct Facial Expressions Represent Pain and Pleasure Across Cultures”, found that every culture expresses pain on their faces in the same way, but depending on where you were raised, your “O-face” is different than someone from another country. The research study was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was conducted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

According to researchers, “Observational studies report that people experiencing pain or orgasm produce facial expressions that are indistinguishable. Here, we investigate this counter intuitive finding using a new data-driven approach to model the mental representations of facial expressions of pain and orgasm in people from two different cultures. We show that representations of pain and orgasm are distinct in each culture. We also show that pain is represented with  similar face movements across cultures, whereas orgasm shows differences.” In other words, facial expressions made during an awesome, pleasurable orgasm look exactly the same as someone getting punched in the balls.

It also found that “O face” differed from culture to culture. “Painful face” expressions in all cultures included “brow lowering, cheek raising, nose wrinkling, and mouth stretching”, according to the researchers.

The study used advance computer animation technology to create the thousands of images of facial expression. Participants in the study were asked to rate on a five point scale of “very strong” to “very weak” how they thought each expression expressed pain or orgasm. In the end, pain looked the same and orgasms looked different.

For people from Western cultures analyzing the expressions, they thought a “wide open mouth and wide open eyes” looked like the big O. For East Asian participants in the study evaluating the expressions, they thought an orgasm was happening when they saw “closed eyes and a smile”. Researchers noted that “Cross-cultural comparisons  show differences in the facial expression models of orgasm, including wide-open eyes among Westerners and smiling in East Asians.”

Both Eastern and Western cultures saw pain as expressed by constriction of the facial muscles, while orgasms were expressed by a wider facial muscle movement. Researchers noted that “We anticipate that the development of new methods will allow better navigation of the complex social world and provide a richer, more accurate account of social communication.” You mean in the future we won’t have to ask the other person whether they had an orgasm or not?

Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018).

What Type Of Guy Gives Ladies The Most Orgasms?

What kind of guy gives the best orgasms? Is it a personality trait, a certain behavior, or both? Thanks to a new study, we can all have more orgasms.

“The evolution of the female orgasm in humans and its role in romantic relationships is poorly understood,” says a new study. The research, published in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology, was called “Testing the mate-choice hypothesis of the female orgasm: disentangling traits and behaviors.” We love studies on why women have orgasms and why they don’t.

103 single women completed the 71-minute survey because researchers felt that “Those in a relationship may feel obliged to rate their current partner more favorably than is strictly true.” From an evolutionary position, there is a “discriminatory mechanism designed to select high-quality mates” for what they call “high-frequency orgasms.”

Researchers compared the personality traits and sexual behaviors of “low orgasm partners” and “high orgasm partners” to see what differed. According to the results of the survey,  they found that “how often women experienced orgasm as a result of sexual intercourse was related to their partner’s income, self-confidence, and how attractive he was.” It also found that “Orgasm intensity was also related to how attracted they were to their partners.” In other words, cute, rich guys give women super orgasms.

“Those with partners who they rated as more attractive also tended to have more intense orgasms,” the study found. (Now you know why women date assholes.) Orgasm frequency was highly correlated with orgasm intensity, and orgasm intensity was a marginally better predictor of sexual satisfaction than orgasm frequency.

The study also identified the “partner psychological traits” that predicted how often women wanted to initiate getting it on. Those were “motivation, intelligence, focus, and determination.” Their partner’s sense of humor not only predicted his self-confidence, the study found, but also predicted women’s “propensity to initiate sex, how often they had sex, and it enhanced their orgasm frequency in comparison to other partners.” Make us laugh and we turn into nymphos.

Broken down further, these six characteristics were present in men most likely to give women orgasms: “humor, attractiveness, creativity, emotional warmth, faithfulness, and body odor pleasantness.” We just want a funny, hot, creative, warm guy who doesn’t cheat or stink; is that asking too much?

Other questions that figured into the findings included how many times they had sex per week, and their ratings of sexual satisfaction.” But the survey also asked whether guys were “rubbing the pink canoe.” Women were asked if men “manually stimulated” the clitoris, as they should if they want to get laid again. “It could be this activity that distinguishes “high-orgasm” and “low-orgasm” partners, as well as personal characteristics.” Dudes, deep rubbing down there and everyone will have a happy ending.

We’ll take a super orgasm or a regular one, just as long as we’re getting one. (blush from Nars)

Our kind of guy.

Better Sleep = Better Sex

A new study says that better sleep equals better sex! The study concluded that “Sleep problems can interfere with a woman’s level of sexual satisfaction.” The gigantic study, entitled “Better Sleep Can Lead To Better Sex,” analyzed data from a whopping 93,668 women 50-79 who were enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. The groundbreaking study was formed to “change the way health care providers  prevent and treat some of the major diseases impacting postmenopausal women.” Thanks to cool studies like this, I look forward to fornicating when I’m 79.

The study found that “short sleep duration (defined as fewer than 7 to 8 hours per night) was associated with lower odds of sexual satisfaction. Of the participants, 56% reported being somewhat or very satisfied with their current sexual activity, and 52% reported partnered sexual activity within the last year. Insomnia prevalence was 31%.”

“Women and healthcare providers need to recognize the link between inadequate sleep and their effects on sexual satisfaction,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director. “There are effective treatment options to help with sleep disruption and sexual satisfaction, including hormone therapy, which this study confirmed to be effective at menopause for symptomatic women.” Increasing your exercise as you age, including weight lifting and yoga, is also proven to be great sleep enhancer.

Hellomd.com, a medical marijuana community site that promotes the medical and therapeutic qualities of cannabis, reports that prescription sleep medication use–as well as pain medication use, has been reduced by 25% in states with medical marijuana patients. “We believe that quality medical advice from trained professionals is important, and we know that as more people begin to discover the healing powers of cannabis that they will seek to learn and share.” Many sex therapists now recommend “micro dosing” marijuana as not only a sleep aid but as a sexual, sensual enhancement. The magical plant reduces stress, helps you fall asleep, and relaxes you. Relaxed sex = better sex.

Another study from 2015 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that the same equation: more sleep = more sex, was also was true for college aged students. Students in the study said they felt hornier with each hour of extra sleep they had. They also said the more they slept the night before, the more they felt interested in sexy time the next day. The more you sleep the more you want sex, the better you feel, and the more you want to feel someone.

 

 

 

Sex & Science: Rabbit Vibrators Vs. Using Your Hand

Here’s a hands-on orgasm study we like! Sex researcher Dr. Nicole Prause, founder of sexual biotechnology firm Liberos, conducted a a study comparing the use of the “Happy Rabbit” vibrator versus “manual masturbation” or “talking to the hand.”

Dr. Prause says, “Our original hypothesis was that the Happy Rabbit would bring women bring women to orgasm quicker than manual masturbation. However, we found that women wanted to play with their new toy, which resulted in a longer lasting sexual experience with broader physical sensations and more excitement than using their hand alone.” The study found that excitement levels and lengths of orgasm increased 17%. 

Dr. Prause measured what happens physically and mentally as a woman approached orgasm, and how that differed when using the new Happy Rabbit. Under lab instruction, each woman underwent two randomized test sessions — one using manual masturbation and the other using the Happy Rabbit.

Using post Masters & Johnson-like orgasm measuring lab devices, along with questionnaires, Dr. Prause analyzed anal contractions, galvanic skin response, electroencephalography (brain activity) and emotional states before, during and after testing. Testing showed that “most women take more time to reach orgasm when using the Happy Rabbit as they explored the toy’s patterns and rhythms.” The results seem to imply that the longer you play with your lady business, the longer your orgasms will be.

The study also reported:

  • Women took an average of 26.4 minutes to achieve orgasm when using the Happy Rabbit, compared to manual masturbation, which took an average of 6.5 minutes.
  • Orgasms were reported, on average, 17% longer when using the Happy Rabbit compared to manual masturbation.
  • Alpha brainwave levels increased sooner when using the Happy Rabbit, which suggests achieving an orgasmic state using the Happy Rabbit doesn’t require as much effort as using your hand alone.
  • Emotional reporting suggests subjects felt more excited from start to finish of testing when using the Happy Rabbit compared to the hand based session.

Of the subjects tested:

  • Average age was 31 (Important to note that subjects were all sexually active and very familiar with their bodies).
  • 54% are of color.
  • 65% claim to be heterosexual.
  • 47% have a “main” romantic partner.
  • Intercourse partners average 28 people in a lifetime.

The new Happy Rabbit, in six new versions, will go for $89.99 – $119.99

We look forward to more “sex on the brain” studies by Dr. Prause, including an upcoming study on the effect that “orgasmic meditation” has on the brain.

Photo of sex researcher Dr. Nicole Prause courtesy of Lovehoney.

 

Having Sex Makes People Happier The Next Day

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Here’s another reason to have sex! A new study shows that getting laid not only makes people happy the next day, but it creates “greater levels of meaning in life and positive affect following sexual episodes.” In other words, doin’ it makes you feel alive!

The study, published by the American Psychological Association, studied 152 adults for 21 days in a resulting paper called “Sexuality Leads To Boosts In Mood And Meaning In Life With No Evidence For The Reverse Direction: A Daily Diary Investigation.”

“Sex is rarely discussed in theories of well-being and rarely empirically examined using methods other than cross-sectional surveys,” say the study’s researchers. “In the present study, a daily diary approach was used (for 21 days with 152 adults) to explore the relationship between the presence and quality of sexual episodes and well-being (positive affect, negative affect, meaning in life). Time-lagged analyses demonstrated that sexual activity on day one was related to greater well-being the next. As for the quality of episodes, higher reported sexual pleasure and intimacy predicted greater positive affect and lower negative affect the following day.”

So next time someone you work with is crabby, tell them (pick from the following) that they need to get out more and “get a hot beef injection”,”get the lady in the pink canoe rubbed,” “polish someone’s pole”, or if they are gay, “get a manwich sandwich.” It will bring everyone happiness. (Or “hap-penis” as I like to say.)

Also interesting was that people said that having sex “gave more meaning to their lives,” and that feeling was the created whether they were having sex in a committed relationship or through casual sex. So for anyone hooker uppers considering some casual sex, you now have an excuse for hooking up.

The study also found that “When the reverse direction was tested, well-being did not predict next-day sexual activity, pleasure, or intimacy. These results suggest a unidirectional relationship in which the presence and quality of sexual activity lead to gains in well-being the following day. Contextual moderators (gender, relationship status, relationship closeness, and relationship length) allowed for tests of conditions altering the link between sexuality and well-being. Relationship closeness was the most robust moderator in predicting greater levels of meaning in life and positive affect following sexual episodes. These data provide evidence to support the continual consideration of sex in empirical work and theoretical models of elements that comprise healthy relationships and a good life.” To the good life. And to good sex.

photo: Wikimedia Commons

How To Have A Passionate High

With over 2/3 of the United States allowing some level of legal cannabis, Sexologists and Sex Therapists are recommending that people get high before  getting it on. Part of the ancient ritual of Tantric Sex, cannabis is now being used by people of all ages sex for a more amazing, exciting, and sensual sexual experience. Now that it’s so legal, the time is right to have fun with this exciting, magical plant that can make sex better. And “budder.”

Dr. Nick Karras, a California sexologist from San Diego, has published a new, sex educational, infotaining mini e-book called The Passionate High. Karras, who is a practicing couples counselor, told me he has seen the “intentional use of marijuana actually save people’s marriages.” Bringing people closer on many levels, he says it’s about “incorporating the unique cognitive and physical effects that cannabis provides to cultivate deeper connections and greater creativity.” For only $2.99 his e-book tells you what you how to effectively do it right with the help of the “fun bud”.

The book offers one of the first “sex with cannabis for beginners” guides, explaining the strains of marijuana; (Sativa for a more giggly, cerebral high and Indica, which provides more of a relaxing, body stone.) He explains exactly how to ingest it (smoke it, don’t eat it as edibles can get you so stoned you won’t be able to locate your penis or vagina.) “The secret is micro-dosing” he says, “Start low and go slow.” 

It’s also important to create a “ritual” he says, such as music, which can have a powerful influence, and soft lighting, which is important, especially when you’re stoned. “Cannabis heightens the senses,” he says, creating incredible tactile sensations and increased blood flow and circulation. He recommends a slow, sensual massage after smoking, with along with the relaxing effects of marijuana, lets your worries and stresses “fade to the background to let you more fully experience the present moment.” He also notes that cannabis “creates a deeper empathetic understanding of the other person needs,” a groovy side-effect.

So how does cannabis actually work? It “lights up” the pleasure centers of the brain, so that you relax and feel less distracted, which helps you to “let go”, be present, and be “in the moment.” “One of the most amazing features of cannabis”, says Karras, “is that is slows down time, allowing you to focus in on each moment. People often express to me the way cannabis “lights up” their senses and helps them relax.” Although alcohol can relax people, it can also have a numbing effect and impair judgement. “Cannabis, he says “focuses your awareness, eliminating past and future thoughts and keeping you focused on the amazing sex you’re in the middle of having.

Recent studies have also shown than people preferred the sexual effects of pot over alcohol, and reported that cannabis lowered inhibitions and increased the quality and frequency of orgasms. Karras notes that “Cannabis is a truly amazing gift that can be used to strengthen or awaken passion.”

Study Shows Marijuana Use Increases Sex Drive

A new scientific study has revealed that stoners have more sex. That’s right, smoking the magical plant makes you horny, baby.

The research was conducted by urologists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and spanned nine years. The study, one of the few of its kind, was called “Association Between Marijuana Use And Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study.” The study of 28,176 people aged 25-45 was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, a scientific journal that publishes awesome sexy time sex studies.

The aim of the study was to “elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample of reproductive-age men and women,” the average age being 29.

Researchers analyzed data from 2002, 2006-2010, and another study in 2011-1015. The study evaluated “whether a relationship between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists.

Dr. Michael Eisenerg, a Urologist and Stanford Professor who authored the study, said: “The more people used marijuana, the more sex they had.” Who knew?

The study also revealed that cannabis has a generally unknown bonus. “These findings also alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding performance inhibition, noted Eisenberg. “Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance.” If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency.” Performance anxiety? According to the study, light up a doobie and you’ll feel so good, you’ll forget you ever had anxiety.

The “clinical implications” for the study was that “marijuana users had significantly higher sexual frequency compared with never users. Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” (Sex therapists are already recommending marijuana use for couples as a more sensual, bonding alternative to the numbing, bumbling effects of alcohol, without the hangover.)

“A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups,” concluded the study. “Although reassuring, the effects of marijuana use on sexual function warrant further study.”

“Usually people assume the more frequently you smoke, the worse it could be when it comes to sex, but in fact, we learned that the opposite was true,” says Dr. Eisenberg.

Couples who smoke pot generally report less inhibitions, more interest in sex, more tactile sensations, and more intense “highgasms.” Some dispensaries even carry specific strains that are tried & true as great for sex, with names like “Dirty Girl” and “Sexxxpot.”  No wonder there is a growing pot shortage.

 

 

Clitoris Rubbing Equals Orgasms, Science Confirms

If women are wondering why they’re not having more orgasms during penetrative sex, (or men are wondering why they’re not giving women orgasms) it comes down to one thing. The clitoris; A.K.A the “happy button,” the “little girl in the pink boat,” or “the pearl in the oyster.” It just wants to be rubbed. Orgasms are not going to magically happen through thrusting penetration alone.

A new study from The Kinsey Institute not only reveals that women need more clitoral stimulation, but reveals how women really liked to be touched to induce orgasms. The study, led by Kinsey’s spectacular sex researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick and team, was sponsored by OMGYes, and the results were published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. The study was called “Women’s Experiences with Genital Touching, Sexual Pleasure, and Orgasm: Results from a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Ages 18 to 94. Yay 94! It’s never too late ladies!

Researchers asked 1,055 women through online surveys and video chats exactly how they liked their hoo-has touched. 63% said they liked “up and down” motions, 51% said they preferred “circular” touch, and 30% liked “side-to-side.”

Only 18.4% reported that intercourse alone induced orgasm, a statistic that should induce women to tell their lovers to get some finger and tongue action going.  One question asked was “For you, what do you think helps some orgasms feel better than others?” which most people never ask the people they are trying to give an orgasm to.  Most women preferred “light or medium” touch on the clitoris, with only 10% preferring “firm pressure.” The most popular moves were “a rhythmic motion,” “a motion that circles around the clitoris,” “switching between different motions,” and “switching between more and less intense touch.”

69% of women said they liked “indirect clitoral stimulation” by touching “through the skin above the hood,” 28% “through both lips pushed together (like a sandwich), 20% “through the skin on the right side of your clitoris,” and 19% went with the left side.

Researchers found that “Findings may inform sexuality education as related to pressure in terms of individual differences in genital stimulation, developing a trajectory of sexual pleasure among women.” The study could also “foster greater sexual pleasure as well as expand couple communication. Their advice is to “Go explore and see what you like.” It’s time to get busy on the “little lady” of pleasure. If you’re not sure what does it for you, here are some stroke suggestions from this exciting, orgasmic study:

Why Does Sex Exist? Study Solves Mystery

Why do humans have sex? A new study may have found the answer.

“One of the oldest questions in evolutionary biology is ‘Why does sex exist?’ ” says Stuart Auld, a biologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland. His research team studied more than 6,000 waterfleas to explain the age old mystery of why humans have a biological imperative to get it on.

Waterfleas were used because they can reproduce both ways: through cloning and by having hot waterflea sex.

The findings, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, discovered that the flea’s “sexually produced offspring were more than twice as resistant to infectious disease as their cloned siblings,” which suggests that they are more likely to survive and pass on their genes.

“By comparing clonal and sexual daughters from the same mothers, we found sexually produced offspring get less sick,” Auld said. “Unusually, these creatures sometimes reproduce sexually by mating with a partner and sometimes asexually by cloning themselves.”

Sexual reproduction creates more opportunities for creatures to fight back against pathogens. With new genetic variations coming into the mix with each generation, children created the old fashioned way– through sex, are healthier than those created through cloning.

Why Human Males Don’t Have A Penis Bone

A new study explains why human males have no penis bone, unlike monkeys, chimpanzees, and bears. The study, called “Postcopulatory sexual selection influences baculum evolution in primates and carnivores,” found that human males have no bone in their man bone because they only last a few minutes! (As opposed to animals who copulate for hours because they don’t have to go to the office.)

Primates who mate for three minutes or more tend to have far longer penis bones than those whose vaginal penetration is below three minutes,” says Matilda Brindle, who led the study at the Dept of Anthropology, University of London.

“Longer “baculum” or penis bones were also seen in species with seasonal breeding and polygamous mating systems,” says the study. “Both polygamous and seasonal breeding systems predict significantly longer bacula in primates. These results suggest the baculum plays an important role in facilitating reproductive strategies in populations with high levels of postcopulatory sexual selection.”

In other words, those polyamorous monkeys who all mate with each other grow a harder boner! Who knew?

“While polygamous mating does take place among humans, it’s not common enough to necessitate the retention of the penis bone,” says Brindle. “Primates who mate for three minutes or more tend to have far longer penis bones than those whose vaginal penetration, is below three minutes.”

Photo: Christina Appelgate notices Will Ferrell’s man bone in Anchorman.