This story was originally published on Nov. Why do they persist? Sex education, particularly about the physiology of reproduction, is typically incomplete and subpar. Here are seven fertility myths that need to be forgotten. But studies show no connection between the moon and menses. Moreover, it is hard to envision how a moon-menstruation connection would be biologically beneficial to human reproduction.
Fertility And Sex: Why Her Orgasm Matters
Does Female Orgasm Boost Your Odds of Getting Pregnant?
For most men, getting their partners pregnant comes with as much pressure as giving them an orgasm , so it makes sense why guys might wonder if they have to do both at the same time. Still, the notion that female orgasms facilitate conception lives on as one of the more pervasive fertility myths and it sucks — just not in the way scientists previously thought. The theory was plagued with errors from its conception, down to the gross term itself, which is actually based on a typo. This suction effect was originally described by a husband and wife team of researchers in the UK in the s as insuck theory, not upsuck, psychologist Robert King, who has studied the insuck phenomenon, explains. And like a lot of things from the s, it did not age well. While early data on the theory indicated that pressure changes in the uterus post-orgasm could potentially create a suction effect, many researchers such as Elizabeth Lloyd, philosopher of biology and author of The Case of the Female Orgasm , have argued that this does not make much anatomical sense. Even if an orgasm created a sucking effect, because of how the cervix moves during orgasm it would not be close enough to the semen for that to be at all useful.
Cramps and Contractions After Sex During Pregnancy
The orgasm gap , or pleasure gap , is a social phenomenon referring to the general disparity between heterosexual men and women in terms of sexual satisfaction—more specifically, the unequal frequency in achievement of orgasm during sexual encounters. Currently, across every demographic that has been studied, women report the lowest frequency of reaching orgasm during sexual encounters with men. Researchers speculate there are multiple factors that may contribute to the orgasm gap            Orgasm gap researcher Laurie Mintz argues that the primary reason for this form of gender inequality is due to "our cultural ignorance of the clitoris " and that it is commonplace to "mislabel women's genitals by the one part the vagina that gives men, but not women, reliable orgasms. This variance among women is influenced by the prioritization of clitoral stimulation during women only sexual encounters.
Some data shows that optimum semen quality occurs after two to three days of no ejaculation. But other research suggests that men who have normal sperm quality maintain normal sperm motility and concentrations even with daily ejaculation. Ultimately, having sexual intercourse with ejaculation several times a week will maximize your chances of getting your partner pregnant, whether you masturbate or not.