We all know we can’t believe everything we hear, but sometimes we still accept things as true when they most definitely are not. So it’s time to set the record straight about some misinformation out there about sex. It turns out, a lot of the things we’ve come to believe about sex just aren’t true.
These are some common sex myths we need to recognize aren’t the facts we thought they were:
- Foot size corresponds to penis size - We all heard this so long ago, we can’t remember not knowing it, but science has proven it’s just not true. In a 2002 study, two urologists measured the stretched penile length of 104 men and related it to their shoe size. They concluded that, “There was no statistically significant correlation between” the two. Same goes for hand and ear size.
- Men think about sex every seven seconds - If this was true, guys would think about sex about 8-thousand times a day. But in reality, The Kinsey Institute reports that 54% of men say they think about sex several times a day and 43% say it’s a few times a week.
- Women are naturally less interested in sex - While some women actively think about sex less often than men do (The Kinsey Institute’s research finds 19% of women think about it multiple times a day and 63% think about it a few times a week), that doesn’t mean women want it less. Marriage and family therapist Dr. Sarah Hunter Murray explains, “Not only is the idea that men have higher sex drives an oversimplified notion, it’s really just not true.”
- Eating oysters will get you in the mood - First off, there’s not a lot of science behind the powers of aphrodisiac foods, like oysters and chocolate. But there has been research on animals, including one study that finds the zinc in oysters raised testosterone levels and improved sex competence in male rats. Of course, more research on humans is needed to prove the link.
- Sex is good exercise - Sure, you’ll burn a few calories while getting it on, but it’s no substitute for a workout. A study from the University of Quebec at Montreal finds that women burn an average of 69 claories in 30 minutes of sex, compared to 213 calories for 30 minutes of light running. And while men burn more during sex, at an average of 101 calories for 30 minutes, it’s still not as much as the 276 calories they burn during a half hour of light running.