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The real reason you don't pee during sex (and 19 other useful sex facts)

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Why food is arousing and 19 other interesting sex facts

No matter how long you've been doing it, there's always room to learn a little more. Sure, the Internet and glossy magazines are saturated with articles on S-E-X — tips, tutorials, essays, research and more — but that doesn't mean the age-old act of intercourse still can't surprise you.

Sex can be hot, and it can be pretty darn interesting too. Bet you never knew that food could be a legit turn-on:

1. Vibrators were invented for something else

The vibrator was originally invented in the 19th century as a way to reduce "hysteria." That seems a little extreme. However, we do not recommend testing that theory by taking away a woman's vibrator to see if she goes into a hysterical fit. That's just dangerous.

2. The sperm ratio

Your average healthy man produces approximately 300 million sperm in just a teaspoon of his semen. However, it only takes one little swimmer to fertilize a woman’s egg and it can live for up to a week inside your body.

More: 6 Unexpected health benefits of sperm — yes, you read that right

3. The first thing people do after sex is...

Forget post-coital cuddling! According to a poll by consumer electronics site Retrevo.com, 36 percent of people under the age of 35 check their Facebook and Twitter accounts after a roll in the hay. Hopefully, they are not posting any pictures!

4. Which sex actually gets busy more often

Think men get laid more than women? Wrong! According to Men’s Fitness, women have sex 17 percent more often than the average guy. Go girls!

5. The longest orgasm

Even though the male O seems to get all the attention, it turns out the women get the last laugh when it comes to climaxing. The average female orgasm lasts 20 seconds — 14 seconds longer than the male's six-second O.

6. Orgasms are good for you

Orgasms are good for your health! They can lower a woman's risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and even depression. So have sex and get happy!

7. Sexercise is not a myth

Sex counts as a workout! During 30 minutes of active sex, you burn about 200 calories. And you can even have an orgasm while working out.

8. Women are friskier than we admit

Even though straight women reported only being aroused by men, researchers at the Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, found that most women in a study became aroused by every sexual stimulus they saw — including nude male and female bodies, heterosexual and homosexual sex and even animal sex.

9. Sex makes you dirty, in a good way

When aroused, people are not as likely to think things are disgusting, according to a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE.

10. How your brain responds to sex

Researchers at Rutgers University, who used fMRI scanners to find out exactly what happens in your brain when you're aroused, found that different regions of the brain became activated in response to stimulation of the vagina, cervix, clitoris and nipples.

Next Up: Sex releases hormones that prevent you from peeing

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