Sex is natural and one of the most pleasurable activities that human beings can participate in.
Whether you're getting brutalized in a parking lot by 2 dozen people or having traditional missionary sex with a penis in your vagina, it's an activity most of us can share.
With an experience as universal as sex, it's not surprising that there are also a bunch of wonderful or strange sexual facts that paint the picture of this erotic affair from the experiences of people around the world.
So, whether you're looking to expand your sexual understanding or just looking at weird sex facts and statistics, here we present 32 fun sex facts!
1. 15% of cisgender women have never had an orgasm
Yes, about 1 in 6 cisgender women have never had an orgasm. However, orgasm can be achieved for every woman, although you may have to play around with different techniques and find what works for you. Most women find it easier to reach orgasm through clitoral stimulation with vibrators or other sex toys, so it may be worth a try for women who have trouble reaching orgasm. Good luck!
2. One-third of marriages begin with dating
According to the National Marriage Project, one-third of married couples began their relationship with a no-strings-attached hookup.
Beware - there may be more strings than expected.
3. 1 in 5 people use their smartphone during sex
According to a Harris Interactive survey, 1 in 5 adults ages 18 to 34 use their smartphone during sex.
I'm not trying to be judgmental here, but if you're browsing Uber Eats while being pestered, it's probably not a good sign.
4. Sex can help stop migraines
If you suffer from regular headaches and migraines, sex can actually be a big help. It turns out that 60% of migraine sufferers find that sex can help reduce their migraines, according to one study.
If you're out of aspirin, maybe try getting weird?
5. The average male penis size is 5 to 7 inches
As you've probably guessed, the average size of the cisgender male penis when erect is 5 to 7 inches. Despite what some men may claim, only 15% of men have an erect penis larger than 7 inches, and only 3% of men have an erect penis larger than 8 inches!
But that doesn't matter too much, because...
6. Penis girth matters more than penis length
When it comes to penis-in-vagina sex, penis girth matters much more than penis length for sexual pleasure. The vagina is primarily covered with stretch mechanoreceptors, which means that a round penis tends to be more pleasurable than a long penis.
7. People over 80 still have regular sex
A study found that nearly one-third of women over 80 still have regular sex with their partner.
Way to go, Grandma!
8. The average ejaculation contains 15,875 GB of data
A single sperm cell contains about 37.5 MB of DNA data, with the average ejaculation totaling up to 15,875 GB of DNA data. Each time a penis ejaculates, it releases about 8 MacBook Pros of data. Disclaimer - we do not recommend dumping 8 MacBooks on your partner during sex.
9. 31% of men faked an orgasm
While 67% of heterosexual women admit to faking orgasms, it may be surprising that 31% of men have also faked an orgasm, according to Time Out New York.
No one is safe!
10. Travelers and backpackers have lots of sex
According to HostelBookers.com, travel makes men and women more likely to hook up for one-night stands. Their study found that 52% of men and 41% of women have had sex while traveling or backpacking.
I mean all those attractive young people in a 10-bed dorm? It's just a matter of time.
11. Menstrual sex can lead to more powerful orgasms
While menstrual sex can be somewhat controversial, it turns out that women can actually experience more powerful orgasms if they have sex or masturbate during their period. It is thought that the increased blood flow around the genitals increases stimulation to the area.
There's always a silver lining, I guess?
12. Tall men last 4 times longer in bed
A Turkish study found that tall men lasted an average of 7 minutes 18 seconds in the bedroom, while much skinnier men lasted an average of just 1 minute 48 seconds.
While this doesn't necessarily mean the sex was better or more sexually fulfilling, it's certainly a surprising sexual fact.
13. Lesbian women have more orgasms than straight women
Bad news for straight women: lesbians have more orgasms than straight women. A large-scale study found that gay women climaxed in 74.7 percent of their sexual encounters, while straight women climaxed only 61.6 percent of the time.
You might expect bisexual women to fall somewhere in the middle, but they actually come in (get it?) last, only reaching orgasm 58% of the time. Go figure.
14. Only 25% of cisgender women have an orgasm during sex with a penis in the vagina
It turns out that only 25% of cisgender women have an orgasm during "regular" sex with a penis in the vagina. Most women need some sort of extra stimulation on their clitoris by hands, sex toys or unusual sexual positions in order to reach orgasm from PIV sex.
15. Vibrators were Victorian medical devices
Vibrators were invented in 1869 to treat "female disorders" and "hysteria" in women.
In the Victorian era, a woman upset or in emotional distress was considered mentally ill. A large steam massager was used to vibrate and massage her genitals, with doctors hoping to induce a "hysterical paroxysm" - the incredibly clinical Victorian term for an orgasm.
So basically, the 1800s were AF sexist - no surprise - but at least you could get away with it if you were upset?
16. 4 orgasms a week keeps prostate cancer at bay
Men (and those assigned a male at birth) can reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by having at least 4 orgasms a week.
Masturbation - taking care of yourself in more ways than one.
17. Nipple orgasms are a reality
It is possible to achieve orgasm from nipple stimulation alone, especially for women. These orgasms are often referred to as "nipple gas". This is not too surprising, as nipple stimulation increases sexual arousal in 82% of women and 52% of men. Men who use prostate massagers to achieve multiple orgasms often do so with the help of nipple rubbing.
Don't neglect the nipples!
18. At least 50% of people will get HPV
HPV is often joked about because of how common it is - and these jokes are based in reality. At least 50% of sexually active people will have a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. The good news? Your body's immune system will fight HPV within 2 years for 90% of the time.
19. Men have more sexual partners than women
How many sexual partners have you had? According to a survey of adults aged 20-59, women have had an average of 4 sexual partners in their lifetime, while men have had 7 sexual partners in their lifetime.
I feel like there's some math there that doesn't add up .... right?
20. Women wait longer to lose their virginity
The average man will lose his virginity at 16.9 years, while the average woman will lose her virginity at 17.4 years.
21. You feel less pain during sex
If someone pulled your hair in a fight, you wouldn't like it. In the bedroom, however, it's less of a problem. In fact, your pain threshold can rise during sexual arousal, allowing you to tolerate much more pain than normal. This is part of the reason why people love spanking, BDSM and other impact play fetishes.
Be a bit of a masochist!
22. You have more than 31 erogenous zones
Your body has more than 31 erogenous zones - not just the ones you probably think of. For example, unexpected erogenous zones include the scalp, inside of the wrist, lower back and back of the knees.
There are a LOT of ways to get turned on. At least 31, apparently.
23. Vaginas dilate 200% when sexually aroused
The average vagina can expand up to 200% when sexually aroused. Given that vaginas regularly expel babies, this is perhaps not so surprising.
Good for the vagina!
24. Female orgasms last 14 seconds longer than male orgasms
The average female orgasm lasts about 20 seconds, while the average male orgasm lasts only 6 seconds.
Although women tend to have a harder time cumming than men, they feel pleasure over 3 times longer, so that's pretty cool at least.
25. Men can reach orgasm without ejaculating
Men (and people with penises) can actually reach orgasm without ejaculating at all - orgasm and ejaculation are two entirely different bodily processes.
This is most easily explained with prostate treatment - where those with a prostate can use sex toys or fingers to massage their prostate (anal P-spot) and experience multiple orgasms (as women do) without a drop of semen in sight.
Fun sex facts aside - guys, if you're reading this, you need to try prostate milking. Take our word for it.
26. Sexual dreams account for 10% of ALL dreams
Nearly 10% of all dreams are sexual or arousing in nature for both men and women. However, there are slight differences in the content of sexual dreams. Women are more likely to have sexual dreams about celebrities, politicians or their exes. Meanwhile, men are more likely to have sex dreams about group sex.
It's good to know that we're all a little horny in winkie land.
27. Most sexual fantasies will never be realized in real life
Less than 33% of those surveyed have ever fulfilled their top sexual fantasy, suggesting that most of us lack the will and/or means to fulfill our sexual fantasies in real life.
As someone who regularly fantasizes about group sex, I sort of imagine that this would actually be a tricky logistical task that wasn't sexy at all. Like I was in the middle of a group of naked people taking names and going through risk assessment.
28. Men watch a lot more porn than women
As far as surprising sexual facts go, this one probably isn't too shocking - 70% of men regularly watch pornography, compared to only 33% of women. Women also tend to watch porn as a couple for foreplay purposes, while men tend to watch porn alone most of the time.
Who would have thought?
29. The average sex session has 100 to 500 thrusts
The average sex session lasts up to 100 to 500 thrusts, according to a report in the Royal Society Open Science journal.
I can't say I've ever thought about how many thrusts occur during a sex session, but that's what fun sex facts are for.
30. Erectile dysfunction is not as common as you may think (maybe)
While erectile dysfunction is a significant problem for men, it may not be as common as you might expect. One study suggests that about 5% of men in their 40s experience the problem, which increases to 15-25% of men in their 65s.
If I put on my "devil's advocate" hat, I'm going to assume that this was a self-reporting study... and many men won't want to admit that they have erectile dysfunction? Just a thought. Call me a skeptic.
31. Gay men have the most anal sex, by far
While not all gay and LGBTQ+ men participate in anal sex, it's probably not surprising that they are MUCH more likely to have anal sex than their heterosexual counterparts. About 90% of men who have sex with men have engaged in anal sex, with only 5-10% of women participating in anal sex, regardless of their sexuality.
I mean, guys literally have a G-spot in their ass, so it makes sense.
32. Dildos were invented 28,000 years ago
While vibrators were made by the Victorians, the world's oldest dildo dates back about 28,000 years. Discovered in a cave in Germany, the 7.87-inch long siltstone dildo is the oldest known dildo in the world.
We imagine people back then as being all shy, but apparently they were fucking with phallic rocks. So there you have it.
Random Sex Facts - Conclusion
Well, that concludes our 32 random facts about sex. We hope you enjoyed these fun sex facts and sex statistics, whether you're researching sex or just procrastinating on your lunch break.
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