BY: ASHLEY THOMPSON, PH.D.
I think we can all agree that sex is on our minds everyday (19 times per day for men and 10 times per day for women; Fisher, Moore, & Pittenger, 2012). However, truth be told, many of the ideas we have about sex that we accept as fact are actually miscommunications or myths. As a sexuality researcher and instructor, I feel that it is my responsibility to set the record straight regarding many prominent sex myths.
Here are four sex myths debunked using scientific evidence:
First Myth: Men have higher sex drives than women
WRONG! Research suggests that there are NO gender differences in sexual desire. For example, Davies, Katz, & Jackson (1999) found that men and women reported roughly similar levels of sexual desire. Moreover, several studies have indicated that differences in sexual desire are more related to overall relationship satisfaction than to gender.
Second Myth: Size matters
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Although we have all heard the phrase “bigger is better” more times than we can count, turns out the size of a man’s member is not related to his sexual prowess (Štulhofer, 2006). In fact, if anything, some studies suggest that girth may be more related to sexual satisfaction than length.
Third Myth: Only men have wet dreams
INCORRECT! Nocturnal Emissions (i.e., wet dreams) are fairly common among both men and women. Although they are more common among men (particularly young men), many women (40%) report having experienced nocturnal emissions, or vaginal wetness (Kinsey, 1948; 1953).
Fourth Myth: Oral sex is safer than intercourse or anal sex
FALSE! Although you can’t get pregnant via oral sex, there is still an exchange of fluids, which are used as a means by which diseases travel. These diseases can enter your body through sores/cuts in your lips, mouth, and throat (Hyde, Delamater, & Byers, 2012). In fact, chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis and more can be transmitted via oral sex.