Most people learn the basics behind sex when Mom, Dad or the sex-ed teacher sit them down for a talk about where babies come from. And sure, sex is about reproduction. But it also has a number of pleasant side effects that aren’t quite as well-known. Here are six things (safe) sex can do for you.
Sex may sometimes cause, ahem, performance anxiety, but fortunately there’s a cure: Sex! OK, maybe it isn’t as simple as that, but sexual activity has been shown to reduce anxiety in rodents and humans. A study published in July 2010 in the science journal PLoS ONE found that sexually active rats displayed fewer anxious behaviors compared with rats that hadn’t been allowed to have sex (the study also found that sex protected the rats’ brains from the negative effects of stress hormones). Sex can relax people, too, according to a study of 24 men and 22 women who kept daily diaries of their sexual activity and then had to either do arithmetic or speak in front of a crowd. People who reported more sexual intercourse had lower blood pressure when performing these stressful tasks. (Unfortunately for onanists, the results didn’t apply to masturbation.)
No big surprise here: Sex and happiness go hand-in-hand. A 2004 study published in the economics journal The American Economic Review asked 900 American women how various daily activities made them feel and found that “intimate relations” topped the charts for happiness. (The morning commute was the most unpleasant daily ritual.) A 2004 study of 16,000 Americans, published by the National Bureau of Economicspouse.)
While you probably shouldn’t get busy with someone with a cold, regular sex may boost your immune system. A study presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Convention in 1999 found that among undergraduate students, those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, or IgA, compared with students who fooled around less. IgA is found in saliva and mucosal linings, and it is one of the body’s first defenses against infections. Don’t get too excited, though: The study found that those who had sex three times a week or more had levels of IgA comparable to those who abstained from sex altogether, suggesting there’s a happy medium. The researchers speculated that moderate sexual activity exposes you to other people’s bugs, boosting the immune system, New Scientist magazine reported at the time. The sexaholics, on the other hand, may have been more anxious or stressed overall, which tends to lower immunity.
Soothe your pain
Orgasms don’t just feel good; they ease pain. Research conducted at Rutgers University has found that women have increased pain tolerance and decreased pain detection during vaginal stimulation and orgasm. One 1985 study, published in the journal Pain, found that during vaginal stimulation, women saw increases in their pain threshold of about 36 percent to 40 percent. Around orgasm, women’s pain threshold increased by 74.6 percent. The researchers are hoping they can isolate the chemical or brain response that causes this immunity to pain, enabling them to take the effect out of the bedroom and into day-to-day life.
Reduce prostate cancer risk
Men, here’s a good reason to get off: Ejaculation may reduce prostate cancer risk. A 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed 30,000 men, including about 1,500 who eventually got prostate cancer, and found that an active sex life was not associated with a higher risk of the disease. Men who ejaculated the most – 21 times a month or more – were about one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated between four and seven times a month. The jury is still out on when and if adding extra ejaculation to your life is helpful, however. Research on the topic has been somewhat contradictory and the protective effect of ejaculation is probably small. Perhaps the best approach is to have sex for sex’s sake, and let the side benefits fall where they may.
In the old world, being sexy was about particular grooming, tight-fitting clothes and makeup. Now, we know that being sexy has more to do with a certain je ne sais quoi. Although science has tried to measure what makes a person more appealing, most of us know that attractiveness can’t be boiled down to algorithms. Real sexiness is in the eye of the beholder0. Challenge YourselfWhether it’s at work or even something as small as taking an advanced fitness class instead of a beginner one, succeeding will you give you an air of confidence which will travel with you, making you much sexier
1. Always Make Eye Contact
And not just with your partner—looking everyone you’re interacting with squarely in the eye won’t only will boost your own confidence, but it’ll get people to see you as confident and in control, which usually translates to sexy.
2. Focus on Dynamic Attractiveness
Sure, physical beauty is a key component in innate sex appeal, but dynamic attractiveness involves the expression of our emotions and our underlying personality—and can critically boost your personal charisma. According to PsychologyToday, expressing positive affect—smiling, employing an upbeat attitude, having expressive eyes, are all associated with sex appeal.
3. You’ve Got A Brain—Use It!
A sharp, healthy mind can be akin to healthy body when it comes to being sexy. This means occasionally challenging yourself by having challenging conversation, expressing interest in new things, reading books on new topics, or even just watching a documentary about something you never knew. The more you know, the more you can talk about in an informed way, which is a defining factor in real
4. Humor Counts
Yeah, we know that razor-sharp wit isn’t something that can be learned, and we’re not all able to be truly funny all the time, but not taking yourself or the world around you too seriously is a key component in being sexy. Plus, everyone loves a good sense of humor.
5. Get Your Hair Blown Out
Almost all of us can certainly attest than when our hair looks bad, we often feel bad. Turns out, that’s not all in our heads, either: Studies have shown women spend around 20 years of their lives suffering from a bad hair day, and that it can greatly affect mood and confidence.
6. Expose Your Wrists
No, not because they’re attractive but because the glands in your wrists emit pheromones which can trigger feelings of attraction in others.
7. Take Up Yoga
A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who regularly did yoga actually felt sexier. Why? Researchers say it could be because yoga encourages a stronger mind-body connection.
8. Test Out Some Sexy Lingerie
Along the way, lingerie became synonymous with tawdry—dare we day porn-y—pieces that look as if they belong on people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hot young pizza delivery guy. And while that’s true in some respects, there’s also quite a lot of very elegantly sexy underpinnings out there that are sexy without being tacky.
9. Don’t Assume Showing More Is Sexier
You’ve heard it before: Showing tons of skin does not always translate to sexy. Bootie shorts, skin-tight clothes, insanely low-cut tops all can make you look less sexy, or like you’re trying too hard. Love your body and want to show it off? Great! Do it ways that are truly sexy, as opposed to flashy.
10. Unfollow People Who Make You Insecure
Whether it’s the one fashion blogger who only posts bikini shots, a specific celebrity, or Victoria’s Secret’s Instagram, stop following people whose social media photos make you feel less than, even for a second. Social media is supposed to fun, not make you feel less sexy.
11. Touch Yourself
Yeah, we’re going there. People who masturbate know exactly what they like when they’re intimate with someone else, which only increases their sex appeal.
12. Find A Good Tailor
When clothes are too boxy, too long, or generally ill-fitting, it looks like you’re trying to cover up your body, which intrinsically translates to generally un-sexy. No need to prance around in skin-tight numbers, but a well-fitting dress with a nipped waist and a flattering hemline, a blazer that skims your body (and whose sleeves aren’t too long), or pair of slim well-fitting jeans that just hit your ankle will show your figure in a way that’s sexy without being overt.
13. Invest In Chic Specs
Need reading glasses? No shame in that! But it’s a known fact that most drugstore readymades aren’t the most youthful. Instead, seek out a modern pair at sites like EyeBuyDirect or Coastal. Of course, it’s worth getting an eye exam to make sure you don’t need a stronger prescription, in which case, your chic-specs options will be even larger thanks to hip affordable eyewear sites like Warby Parker and Steven Alan Optical.
14. Stop Plucking Your Eyebrows
Full brows are associated with youth, while super-thin eyebrows can give your face a harsh appearance. As we age, our eyebrows gradually thin, but quitting the tweezers and using makeup to fill them in can work wonders, and completely change your face for the better.
15.Undo Yourself A Bit
Unbutton one extra button on your blouse, smudge your eyeliner, spritz some salt spray in your hair—sometimes appearing as if you just had fun in bed can make you feel—and look—extra-sexy.
16. Slow Down
According to sex coach Sean Jameson, slowing down your movements and your speech by around 10 percent can make you sexier now. For example, instead of rushing down the hallway, slow down and accentuate your movements. Another example: When you’re making a point, don’t wave your arms about quickly and erratically, or ever feel like you have to get every word out of your mouth as quickly as possible.
17. Initiate Sex More
This one is sexy in the literal sense: Even if you’re not tremendously assertive, initiate sex more often with your partner. This is hot in and of itself, but it’ll also imply to your partner than you truly enjoy sex, which is one of the biggest turn-ons.
18. Use Touch
A killer way to get a person’s attention in a sexy way? Touch them very subtly on the arm or the back when you’re saying hello or goodbye, when you agree with something they’ve said, or if they’ve said something funny.
19. Wear Heels
One of the quickest ways to feel sexier? Slip on a pair of heels. Not only do they give you an empowering boost, but the right heels can make your clothes hang better, and—especially if they’re the color of your skin—can have a leg-lengthening effect.
.21. Don’t Only wear Sweats to BedObviously, comfy clothes are amazing, and—after a long day—there’s nothing better than chilling out in sweats. However, if you notice that your sex life is either lackluster or non-existent, swap out the sweats once in a while for something that makes you feel sexy. If you feel it, your partner will feel it, too
.22. Let Your Natural Scent Do the Work It’s not surprising that scent plays a big role in sex appeal, but—despite what perfume companies would have you believe—your best bet isn’t piling on a cloud of scented spray. In addition to good hygiene habits, a subtle spritz of a musky scent is fine, but you should be letting your natural pheromones shine.
23. Use Sexy People to Your Advantage, Rather Than Compare Yourself to ThemInstead of comparing yourself to others who you think are sexy, take cues from them instead. For example, stop bemoaning the fact that you’re not as tall, thin, or busty as a Victoria’s Secret model, and start using things you know make them sexy to your advantage. This might mean taking an extra 30 minutes in the morning to create the same bombshell waves in your hair, getting a light spray tan, or rocking a push-up bra on date night.
24. Try New ThingsWhether it’s a taking a dance class, trying a new restaurant in a new neighborhood, or booking a last-minute weekend getaway, trying new things can absolutely make you feel sexier.“Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac,” Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., and founder of mypleasure.com toldRedbook, and we couldn’t agree More: Living in the moment is exciting and sexy.
25. Nix Panty LinesSpeaking of underwear, panty lines are never, ever sexy. Everyone should invest in nude, seamless underwear, or a good thong. Trust us on this one.
26. Be KindNo matter what you look like, nothing will knock your innate sex appeal down faster than being rude to people. You don’t need to—for lack of a better phrase—kiss people’s ass and be phony, but treating everyone—waitstaff, friends, new people, your elders—with basic kindness and respect is an attractive quality.
27. GeManicure and PedicureMuch like getting your hair blown out, it’s often the small indulgences that make us look and feel our best, so making time for on a pro mani-pedi once in awhile can do wonders. You can skip the polish of you want, too.
28. Get A Spray TanLikewise, having a healthy glow not only makes most people feel sexier, but it also has a slimming effect.
29. Travel In A PackAnyone who’s watched “How I Met Your Mother” knows that Barney Stinson often references the “cheerleader effect,” when average-looking women appear more attractive as a group. Turns out, he may be onto something: People do come off as more attractive when they’re part of a clique than they do alone, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science.
Nigeria and Argentina will be battling it out for a last-16 spot at the World Cup, and Jorge Sampaoli’s side could make some unwanted history.
Argentina are currently enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history (D2 L2) and have never previously gone through a first-round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.
The last time Argentina failed to progress past the group stages of the World Cup was in 2002 – with their sole victory that year coming against Nigeria – but coach Sampaoli has urged to his side to give their best performance on Tuesday.
“We have to make our goal five games to reach the final. Tomorrow will be the first final,” he said. “No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through.
“We don’t have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go. Tomorrow, I am sure that they will see the best version of Argentina at this World Cup.”
If Argentina beat Nigeria in their final game and Croatia beat Iceland, Argentina go through. They will also go through if they beat Nigeria, Iceland beat Croatia, and Argentina’s goal difference betters Iceland.
But Nigeria can qualify with a draw or win against Argentina if Iceland lose or draw against Croatia, and coach Gernot Rohr was ruthless when asked about ending Lionel Messi’s World Cup campaign, which could potentially be his last.
“We love this great player, Messi, everybody loves him,” he said. “The question is not if it is the last World Cup for him or not, the question is for us to be qualified.
“We are not here to watch him play. We are here to make a result, we are professionals. We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity, everybody wants to win and we cannot make any gifts even if we like very much this player.”
Willy Caballero is set to be dropped by Sampaoli after his mistakes against Croatia, with River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani – who is uncapped by Argentina – expected to take his place.
Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega could be recalled to the starting XI, while Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala are also available.
Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is set to play with his left hand in a cast after sustaining a fracture against Iceland, although will need to get the all-clear from match officials to wear the protective material.
Four of the eight games between Nigeria and Argentina have come at World Cup finals – Argentina winning all four contests.
Nigeria have faced Argentina in the group stages in each of their last three World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014).
Nigeria’s most recent encounter with Argentina came in November 2017, with the Super Eagles winning 4-2 in Krasnodar, thanks in part to a brace from Alex Iwobi.
All six of Nigeria’s wins at the World Cup have come against European opposition, with the Super Eagles drawing two and losing five against nations from other continents.
Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 – three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time.
Nigerian attacker Ahmed Musa is now his country’s all-time top scorer in World Cup games with four goals after scoring twice against Iceland.
Messi has had 12 shots in this World Cup so far but has yet to score – that’s eight more attempts than any other Argentina player.
In terms of performance, it can’t get any worse for Argentina. I actually thought that when Jorge Sampaoli got the job he would sort out the structure of the team and build it in a fashion that made Lionel Messi return. Messi has returned but they just don’t have any answers. They don’t know what to do, they have no DNA and they have absolutely no fluency.
What I cannot believe is that he cannot get Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala into the team with the way Messi plays. For me, it’s staring him in the face, just play them all together and go for it. The defence isn’t great, we know that, but he has to take the biggest risk of all time now. I see this game being a bit like Germany’s against Sweden. Pressure will come on Argentina but this time we’ll see an answer from Messi. On the other hand, it’s a stunning opportunity for Nigeria and they will make life difficult for Messi and co.
These are proven ways of winning the hearts of a woman in a cost-effective way rather than plunging oneself into huge debts for romance.
Contrary to the belief that a fortune has to be spent before a man could get a lady into his bed, there are some tips that would help the man arrive at the same destination without taking the money route. Dealing with women requires wisdom and goes beyond making an impression with wealth.
Not every woman would jump into a man’s bed because he displays affluence; not everyone is swayed by material wealth or things considered vain.
It would be of great benefits for men to know there are other things that could be done to sweep a woman off her feet and into your arms.
To start with, every woman has a soft spot; perhaps a magic button that casts a s*xy spell on her when pushed. The right attitude most times clears the path and makes things easier.
Find below some tips that could get a woman into your bed without necessarily spending much:
Women love it when men act courteously towards them. Men who exhibit simple gentlemanly behaviors find it easy to make butterflies flurry in these women’s stomachs or send them into frenzy. Women find themselves falling for men who seem to appreciate them and deflect the right emotion towards them. Some women simply want attention; finding a man who gives them attention in a civilized manner could make them jump into his bed.
2. The Right Words
Ever wondered why many people (especially women) listen to old blues and lyrics of artistes like Phil Collins, Tracy Chapman and others? It’s simply because their words convey emotions with deep roots. Words have a way of getting to people, they cause you to think deeply or awaken a sensation within you. Love letters in the past were written using many of these musical lines and they give the recipient a beautiful feeling. Women are moved by words and emotions. Saying the right words to them at the right time would help you land them in your bed faster than anticipated.
3. Being Romantic
After getting a woman to like you and the friendship kicks off, another thing that makes the bedroom journey quicker is being a romantic. Most women love it when men are all over them. Study the body language of these women; read the signs and learn when to stop. Some women love to flirt too; while being romantic, be cautious so you don’t suggest you are all about the sex. Women love men who are reasonable and have control over their feelings. With all these done, it wouldn’t be long before you have them in your bed.
4. Set The Mood
Most women still enjoy being pampered by men. A simple dinner with soft music, exotic dish, wine and flowers would make a beautiful scene. Naturally, some women would be on the defensive considering the set-up but having a light or non-personal conversation would ease up the tension. If you are a smooth talker, you may make an interesting company while the wine gets you both feeling light headed and charged with Dutch courage.
5. Know What Works For A Woman
Some women are touchy; they get turned on by touches and caresses. In this situation, your hands would take charge and do the magic for you. While playing, you may discover the sensitive spots on her body and that becomes her weakness. During making out sessions, touch these parts and she wouldn’t be able to resist you.
These days, almost every girl is conscious of being used and dumped. Women are quick to assume that men basically want to sleep with them and go. Having this at the back of their minds may make your charms seem ineffective. Try not to be pushy or ruffled when things don’t happen at the time they are expected to. Remain calm and sweet and the ladies’ walls of defense would eventually cave in. it could be their own way of testing you.
7. Make Her Friends Your Friends
Another awesome way of getting to a woman is by making her friends your friends; be nice to them. Remember they chit-chat about almost everything and they have heard about you from the very first moment you both met. Their opinion of you probably made her hang out with you a second time. If her friends don’t like you, they may probably discourage her and you may never get to see her pants.