We should all know the basics when it comes to sex. Ask for consent, use protection at all times, respect your partner’s needs, and have fun. But knowing the simple steps to get down and dirty doesn’t lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the lesser-known facts that can not only make you smarter in bed but can also improve your sex life.

For the next time you’re thinking of getting busy with your partner, here are a few interesting facts about sex to stimulate your brain and your downstairs.

The sperm ratio: Your average healthy man produces approximately 300 million sperm in just a teaspoon of his semen. However, it only takes one little swimmer to fertilize a woman’s egg, and it can live for up to a week inside your body.

The longest orgasm: Even though the male O seems to get all the attention, it turns out the women get the last laugh when it comes to climaxing. The average female orgasm lasts 20 seconds – 14 seconds longer than the male’s six-second O.

Your partner may fantasize about another during sex: According to a study, nearly half of all women fantasize about other men while in bed. The survey showed 46 percent of women fantasize about another person during sex with their partner, compared to 42 percent of men. However, the study surveyed 1,300 straight women, so this confession doesn’t apply to everyone who identifies as a woman. Who knows the real reason why straight women are thinking of someone else during sex, but maybe it’s because some of their partners Aren’t fulfilling their needs in the bed.

Your nipples can give you an orgasm: If you like nipple play, science has some good news for you. Nipple orgasms, or “nipplegasms,” are real and can be achievable for those who are sensitive to touch in that area. A brain imaging study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that a woman’s brain “lit up” with arousal the same as it did from stimulation down under. So science is pretty much saying that playing with a woman’s nipples can give women the same tingly feelings as a clitoris does.

Semen is diet – friendly: The average calories intake when swallowing is around 15 to 20 calories per tablespoon. However, even though your partner may be, their semen isn’t a substantial snack.

Shaving your part could make you susceptible to diseases: People who like to shave their pubic hair frequently are at a higher risk for syphilis, herbs, and HPV according to doctors at University of California, San Francisco. According to the study, people who have shaved at least once are twice as likely to get infected, and those who shave frequently are four times as likely. Shaving any hair from your body causes small tears in the skin, and if you’re doing the deed right afterward, the open wounds make it easier for bacteria to get in.

Using lube increases your chances of having an orgasm: Multiple studies have shown that using lube increases your chance of having an orgasm, especially for women. Some of the best lubes are natural and simply enhance your experience, while others provide totally new sensations. Don’t have name-brand lubrication on hand? Check your kitchen cabinets. Your go-to cooking and moisturizing, coconut oil, is also all-natural, anti-fungal, and excellent at providing long-term lubrication.

Only 20 percent of women report that vaginal penetration alone is enough to orgasm: According to a report, 40 percent of women said that they need clitoral stimulation to orgasm. Long story short: Clitoral simulation is essential for most women to come. Even if not essential, it definitely makes the whole experience much more pleasurable.

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