PROMESCENT Survey Reveals Six Widespread Misconceptions About Sex
Promescent, maker of the first FDA-compliant treatment for premature ejaculation (PE), has found that men are pretty confused about sex, porn, and premature ejaculation. While this may come as no surprise to women, the results of a recent Promescent survey found that large percentages of men are misinformed about the basic facts of sex and still believe myths that were debunked long ago. To clear up the misconceptions and get men back in the sexual know, we're going to talk through the six sex questions that tripped up the most men:
1.Regularly viewing pornography can effect both your erections and amount of time to ejaculation/orgasm – TRUE
45 percent of men answered this question incorrectly, particularly in the 30-44 year old range – or did they? Various studies on the connection between porn, arousal, dopamine levels, erections, and lasting longer are inconclusive and the jury is still out. Science can't say for sure, but it appears more and more likely that too much porn use can impact some people's arousal and sexual functioning. So find a happy medium with your porn viewing patterns, says Dr. Hernando Chaves, Promescent Ambassador. Not sure if you're affected by too much porn? Take a break from porn and see how your sexual functioning responds.
2.The squeeze method is the only way to combat premature ejaculation – FALSE
The squeeze technique involves stopping intercourse and squeezing the shaft of the penis between the thumb and forefinger to reduce blood flow to the penis, causing a significant reduction in erection that prevents ejaculation. Few clinical studies have been performed using this technique with some uncontrolled studies having reported success with this method, says Dr. Chaves. Like the self-explanatory "stop-start method," however, it causes an interruption to sex and may prevent a female partner from reaching orgasm. 11 percent of men, almost exclusively in the 30 to 44 range, believe this is the only way to stop PE.
3.What is the name of the brain chemical that spikes when you become sexually aroused? - Dopamine
More than 80 percent of men got this question wrong. During the arousal stage, the neurotransmitter dopamine is activated in anticipation of the pleasure that we experience during orgasm. Instead, men believed that testosterone, endorphins or serotonin were stimulated during arousal. The most popular answer was "testosterone," but T levels are associated with sex drive and erectile health, not the neurological response to sexual pleasure. Endorphins and serotonin are released during orgasm, not during arousal. Once again, 30 to 44 year olds disproportionately answered wrong.
4.Men who wear briefs have fewer sperm - FALSE
Gentlemen, you can wear briefs, tighty whities, and all forms of nut huggers without fear of strangling your swimmers. About 46 percent of men got this one wrong. Men 45 to 60 were most likely to fall for this old tale. Hormonal imbalances, environmental pollutants, poor nutrition, smoking and alcohol can all affect sperm levels, but wear any underwear you'd like.
5.The bigger a man's shoe the bigger his penis is. - False
About 10 percent of men fell for this old myth – particularly 18 to 29 year olds. There is no correlation between foot size and penis length or girth. Just trying to find this correlation is actually a huge challenge, as temperature, touch, activity and stretch can all affect penis length. Researchers can't even agree on how much one should stretch the penis before measuring it. So, don't judge a man by his shoes.
6.Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual health issue amongst men – TRUE
58 percent of men answered false, and it's no surprise given all the advertising money spent on erectile dysfunction medications. However, researchers have found that up to one in three men suffers from PE, according to the Mayo Clinic. While erectile dysfunction tends to develop in men 40 to 70 year old and become more prevalent with age, PE is evenly distributed across all age ranges and affects more men. 30 to 44 year olds are the most misinformed about this issue.
In the bedroom, knowledge is empowering. Men who know the facts and know their options for combatting premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction have better odds of enjoying sex. But as this survey has illustrated, some widespread beliefs about sex are dead wrong and often discouraging for men. Do you have a difficult sex question or suspect that another sex 'fact' is really a myth? Post it to Facebook or Twitter, and we'll get you the right answer.