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The 10 most blushworthy scientific facts about sex!

Last updated on: December 28, 2012 19:57 IST

The 10 most blushworthy scientific facts about sex!

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The results of certain sex-related researches and studies conducted by scientists this year may surprise you. Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh

Sex, which is a part of life and a subject of scientific research, was one of the most talked-about topics in science stories of 2012, it has been revealed.

This year was particularly sultry, with studies covering everything from hormone-triggered masturbation to our species' history with Neanderthal nookie.

1. The effect of masculine hormones on women

First comes the study about masculine hormones getting women interested in masturbation -- a study published this May in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour found that in women, high testosterone was associated with a greater interest in masturbation, but less interest in getting busy with someone else.




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2. Should dudes dominate in bed?

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According to a study released in October, young adults who say men should take charge in bed feel less confident in sexual situations than their more flexible counterparts.



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3. Guys get judged for too much sex

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A study of 19,000 college students found that while only a minority of students judges women more harshly than men, young people still do judge people for having sex with lots of people.



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4. Gym orgasms are real

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Researchers reported in March that the phenomenon of "coregasms" is real. These are orgasms caused by exercises that tense the core abdominal muscles -- in other words, gym-friendly orgasms, no genital stimulation required.



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5. Talking about sex is good for sex

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Communicating about sex during sex may improve sex, as the more comfortable you are talking about sex the more satisfied you'll likely be with your sex life.



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6. New moms aren't sexless stereotypes

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Women who have recently given birth are often interested in sex before the typical six-week all clear to engage in intercourse from their doctors.



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7. Arousal dampens disgust

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If you're feeling grossed out, try spinning yourself a sexual fantasy, because sexual arousal diminishes disgust.



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8. Sex can be a real headache

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No one really knows why some people experience headaches with sexual arousal, but men are three to four times more likely to experience the pain than women.



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9. Human and Neanderthal hookups aren't hard to prove

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A research out in November found that early humans weren't so species-specific when it came to sex.




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10. Extra 'X' boosts male sex drive

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An extra female chromosome could boost your sex drive.



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Source: ANI