Study: Orgasms are a Natural Nasal Decongestant

October 13, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

While writing an article on the health effects of sex and masturbation a while back, I came across a paper titled “Ejaculation as a Potential Treatment of Nasal Congestion in Mature Males” that hypothesized a connection between orgasm and nasal decongestion. The author of that paper argued that an ejaculatory orgasm is likely to have...

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Study: Orgasms are a Natural Nasal Decongestant
The Fascinating Link Between Alien Abduction Reports and Sadomasochistic Fantasies
The Fascinating Link Between Alien Abduction Reports and Sadomasochistic Fantasies

September 18, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

A surprisingly large number of people report having had paranormal experiences. For example, in a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 American adults, 32% of respondents answered yes to the question: “Have you ever...

Fantasies, Myth vs Fact
Fact Check: Does Pubic Hair Grooming Increase the Risk of Getting an STI?
Fact Check: Does Pubic Hair Grooming Increase the Risk of Getting an STI?

April 29, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, and many people are curious about the reasons why. While the cause is obviously multifactorial, some have suggested that at least part...

Myth vs Fact, Safe Sex
5 Common Myths About Sexually Transmitted Infections
5 Common Myths About Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 27, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

April is STD Awareness Month, so let’s take a little time to set the record straight on some popular myths about sexually transmitted infections and diseases. In this post, we’ll...

Myth vs Fact, Safe Sex
Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says
Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says

March 18, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen a ton of headlines predicting a massive baby boom stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic—and some people are making very bold claims. Case...

Media & Culture, Myth vs Fact, Safe Sex
Can Abstaining From Masturbation Increase Testosterone?
Can Abstaining From Masturbation Increase Testosterone?

January 24, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

“Across the alt-right movement, leaders are telling young men not to masturbate, “ says clinical psychologist Dr. David Ley in a recent interview. Why is that? In part, because some...

Myth vs Fact, Videos
What You Think You Know About the Male Refractory Period is Probably Wrong
What You Think You Know About the Male Refractory Period is Probably Wrong

October 16, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

The refractory period is usually defined as a phase following orgasm during which additional orgasms are impossible. Sexual arousal is often said to be very difficult during this time as...

Myth vs Fact, Sex Ed
Ten Myths About Sexual Orientation Debunked By Science
Ten Myths About Sexual Orientation Debunked By Science

June 3, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

June is LGBT Pride Month, so I'll be running several posts on LGBTQ+ issues on the blog over the next few weeks. To get us started, let's begin by debunking...

LGBTQIA+, Myth vs Fact
Penis Enlargement Surgery Is Risky–And There’s Little Evidence That It Works
Penis Enlargement Surgery Is Risky–And There’s Little Evidence That It Works

May 22, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Penis size is a common body concern among men. While most guys report being satisfied with the size of their genitals, a sizable minority say they’re unhappy. For example, in...

Myth vs Fact, Sex Tips
The Truth About the “Oral Sex Gap”
The Truth About the “Oral Sex Gap”

May 3, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

According to countless popular media articles, there is a massive disparity between heterosexual men and women when it comes to giving oral sex. Some of these articles suggest that, in...

Gender, Myth vs Fact, Sex Ed
The Truth About How Porn Affects Us
The Truth About How Porn Affects Us

April 26, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

In the popular media, pornography has seemingly become the default source of blame for any and all sexual problems. Why are we in a “sex recession?” Porn. Why do we...

Myth vs Fact
Should Men Be Circumcised In Order To Help Reduce STIs?
Should Men Be Circumcised In Order To Help Reduce STIs?

April 15, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Some physicians argue that male circumcision should be a routine procedure because it can help fight the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Not only does circumcision reduce men’s odds...

Myth vs Fact, Safe Sex
My Favorite Story About the History of the Vibrator Isn’t True
My Favorite Story About the History of the Vibrator Isn’t True

September 17, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

About a decade ago, I came across a book entitled The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel Maines. It quickly became one of my favorites on the history of sex because...

Myth vs Fact
From Oysters to Chocolate to Ginseng: Aphrodisiacs that Do and Don’t Work, According to Science
From Oysters to Chocolate to Ginseng: Aphrodisiacs that Do and Don’t Work, According to Science

September 14, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

People have been searching for tools to enhance their sex lives for centuries. Historically, and even today, they have looked to various herbs and foods in the hope of finding...

Myth vs Fact, Sex Tips
What Does (And Doesn’t) Impact Men’s Sperm Health
What Does (And Doesn’t) Impact Men’s Sperm Health

June 6, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

It’s not uncommon for guys to experience fertility problems—even guys who are in the prime of their lives. Just consider that some health organizations claim that as many as 1...

Myth vs Fact
Fact Check: Are There Really Racial Differences In Penis Size?
Fact Check: Are There Really Racial Differences In Penis Size?

May 2, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

The question of whether there are racial differences in penis size is one that has been notoriously difficult to answer with any degree of scientific certainty. The problem has been...

Myth vs Fact

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