5 Weird Things That Could Ruin Your Sex Life
1. Cold Feet
It's not just men who need warming up, women also need a little heat to get things started in their nether regions. Past studies found that cold feet can prevent people from achieving orgasm. A study conducted at the University of Groningen found that half the participants were unable to climax. However, once participants put on socks, the climax success rate shot up from 50 percent to 80 percent. Researchers explain that comfort is key to achieving orgasm, and that the brain region associated with genital sensation is right next the region associated with feeling in feet.
2. Not Flossing
Not flossing can significantly affect a man's sex life for the worse. Not only will his breath stink, he's also more like to suffer erectile dysfunction. Failure to floss increases a person's chance for bleeding gums and gum disease. A recent study published in the Journal of Sex Medicine revealed that young men with gum disease have more than double the chance of suffering problems in the bedroom. Un-flossed gums are teeming with bacteria that can enter the blood stream and clog up blood vessels, which can them reduce the blood supply to the penis.
3. Bikes with Low-Riding Handlebars
Numerous studies have shown that biking can wreck a man's sex life by increasing his erectile dysfunction risk and lowering his sperm count. However, new research suggests that women can also be affected. Investigators at Texas A&M Health Science Center found that women who ride bikes with handlebars lower than the saddle for more than 10 miles a week ended up with sustained loss of feeling in their genitals.
4. Toxic Sex Toys
Your favorite rubber jackrabbit may actually be turning you off. A study conducted by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research found that seven our of eight sex toys contain dangerously high concentrations of phthalates, a industrial chemical that makes plastic soft and pliable. However, researchers said that phthalates exposure, especially through the genital tract, can lead to serious health problems like lower testosterone levels, lower sperm counts and even some types of cancer. Experts say that toys made out of medical-grade silicone, metal, wood or glass are significantly safer.
5. Foul Odor
Stinky smells from public restrooms, week-old dumpsters and fish markets can actually help you have safer sex. Researchers explain that the when exposed to foul odors, signals from the nose to the brain trigger an innate disease-avoidance mechanism that subconsciously notifies people to protect themselves. A study conducted at the University of New Mexico found that people sitting in a room with foul odor reported significantly greater intentions to use condoms compared to those in a normal-smelling room.