If someone told you they had found the holy grail of upping your chances of mind-blowing sex, you’d be all ears, right? And then you’d probably assume that the answer was eating some kind of magical libido-boosting food, or trying some weird ancient breathing technique before heading for some action between the sheets.
But the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has found a solution which takes any glamour (or sexiness) out of the situation. Researchers found that when women put on a pair of socks (yes, those fugly things you wear on your feet) 80 percent were able to reach orgasm compared with just 50 percent for those sans socks. Not very sexy, huh?!
According to leader of the study Gert Holstege, socks make us feel, er, cosy and safe. “A pleasant environment, which includes the room temperature, is an important part of making her feel safe, secure and comfortable,” he explained.
Ugh! Does anyone else feel these findings are bitter-sweet? For us, a guy wearing socks in the sack is a sure-fire way to ensure that we lose any shred of sexual desire for him. So finding out that a guaranteed way to up our chances of orgasming is wearing socks ourselves hurts. Big time.
So why exactly do us ladies experience a drop in libido in the first place? According to sex and relationship expert Isiah McKimmie, physical and environmental aspects can be to blame. “Hormones, tiredness, illness, stress and certain anti-depressants can lower a woman’s libido,” she explains.
While donning socks in the boudoir seems to be a proven libido cure, we’re kind of happy to take our chances on, well, anything else. And luckily, there are other ways to increase your sex drive that don’t involve hideous foot wear. “First up, get a good multi-vitamin and exercise regularly,” explains Isiah. But increasing your chances of getting to O-town isn’t just about the physical stuff, it’s also important to focus on your relationship issues too.
“Learn what you want and how to ask for it when it comes to sex. Talk to your partner about what is going on for you and why your libido has dropped - working together to fix the problem and reduce the tension and arguing over lack of sex can help you feel more in the mood again,” says Isiah.
If you're keen to try something else, certain foods have been proven to get you in the mood. When in doubt, sip on a ginseng tea. “It’s a time honoured aphrodisiac, helping to increase testosterone levels; the libido boosting hormone good for women as well as men,” says Naturopath Mim Beim. Plus, a study by the University of Hawaii found that chicks who took a ginseng supplement felt way more down for sexy times than usual.
Also, a study by the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center found that watermelon (mmmm) has a Viagra-like effect on the body. Sayonara socks – we’ll take watermelon over you anyday!