Weird Things That Can Mess Up Your Sex Life

As you probably know, there are a lot of ways you can screw up your sex life. Some are pretty obvious once they're explained, but others can be pretty wild. Here are some of... well, you'll just have to see.

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  • Smoking

    It turns out that cigars are more like members than Freud ever imagined - in that when you burn one down, you burn the other down as well. You light one up, and the other gets cooled off. You can suck on one now, but there’ll be nothing to suck on later. Smoking makes your boner not work.

  • Being Too Smart (Or Too Dumb)

    According to a sociology professor from North Carolina, “Intelligence is negatively associated with sex frequency.” The smarter you are, the less likely you are to get laid. 

    Weirdly enough, there’s something of a parabola in the high school years, that quickly becomes more of a straight line as you get older: in high school, low intelligence and high intelligence are both associated with less sex.

  • Not Having Sex

    It turns out that not having sex is a pretty big determinator in keeping you from having sex. A recent study found that not having sex creates the kind of behavior that continually leads to less and less sex. For example, couples that only have sex once a week are more likely to take more work to use up that extra energy, which perpetuates the cycle.

  • Not Being Spiritual Enough

    Having a well-developed sense of spirituality not only leads to more frequent and satisfying sex, but it may also be the most fascinating difference between men and women.

    While spirituality (not religion these are very different) is the single most powerful determining factor in a woman’s sexual behavior, it is much weaker and has the opposite effect in men. Women who are more spiritual have more frequent sex, with more people, are more satisfied by it and less likely to use a condom. Spiritual men, on the other hand, have less sex. This is most likely because men aren’t as likely to equate satisfying sex with emotional openness the way women are.

  • Taking Oral Contraception

    Despite the fact that the whole reason for the pill’s invention is to give women the opportunity to have more sex, countless studies continue to prove that it actually kills women’s libidos. Anecdotal evidence aside (You’re sure to meet someone who can carefully explain how because this isn’t true for them, it must not be true for anyone.) science says that the pill makes you not want to have sex. 

  • Having High Testosterone

    While most people believe that testosterone is the “Sex drive” hormone, and while that’s almost certainly true for men, it’s starting to look like it might be a bit more complicated for women. A recent study shows that women with high testosterone still get aroused, but are less interested in having sex than they are with taking care of business themselves.