A new survey has revealed that over a quarter of women admit to faking orgasm every time they have sex.
The statistic was revealed in AskMen.com’s Great Male Survey 2012, which polled 50,000 people from across the U.S., the UK and Australia.
A rather luckier 30% of women surveyed said they never have to fake it. And they aren’t the only ones. Over a third of men admitted to having faked a climax at least once.
In fact, 40% of men said they were only “somewhat satisfied” with their sex lives but there was “room for improvement”, and an unfortunate 22% admitted: “I have no sex life.”
A new survey has revealed that over a quarter of women admit to faking orgasm every time they have sex
Twenty-five per cent of women were also “not at all satisfied, because of the quality of sex”, with 27% admitting to “no sex life”.
The survey results went beyond sex to reveal some interesting attitudes towards relationships.
Weight gain presented a major issue. While 67% of women said they would remain with their boyfriend if he became fatter, over half of men ruthlessly admitted they would not stay with their girlfriends if they did the same.
Contrary to popular belief, it found that 44% of women believed in marriage, compared with 70% of men.
Demonstrating further female cynicism, a third of women admitted to having read their boyfriend’s emails or text messages as a means of “checking up” on their man.
Women also have little trust when it comes to birth control. Though 73% of men polled said they would take a male pill if it existed, just over half of women would actually trust a man to remember to take it.
But perhaps their general lack of trust in men is justified. Over half of men say they have lied about their number of sexual partners.
And if they could choose a celebrity their current girlfriend could “be more like”, the majority of men chose Spider-Man star Emma Stone, with just 20% suggesting Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton.
It is well known that many men nod off straight after sex and now scientists conducted research which involved scanning the brains of men during and after orgasm.
In the case of the latter, they found that the cerebral cortex – which plays a vital role in attention, consciousness and perceptual awareness – shut down almost immediately after orgasm.
Serge Stoleru, a French government scientist, said that the research offers the “first hints” of what happens in the brain during sex.
He told the Sunday Times: “For women, it seems to be different.
“They don’t seem to have such a strong refractory period and may be asking for more when their partners just want a rest.”
Scientists have found that man’s cerebral cortex shut down almost immediately after orgasm
The study also showed that the brain switched off almost all sexual desire after orgasm.
And as well as this, men have a further reason for feeling drowsy: their brains become flooded with sleep-inducing chemicals such as serotonin after they have had sex.
Earlier studies have also suggested that men aren’t to blame for wanting to take a well-earned break after sex.
In 2005, research found the blood rush after climax depletes the muscles of energy-producing glycogen.
And because men typically have higher muscle density than women, they become more tired after sex.
The survey showed the majority of men did feel more relaxed straight after sex.
80% of men said they felt able to drift off without any problems after making love, compared with just 46% of women.
They were amongst 10,000 adults surveyed by organizers of The Vitality Show, Europe’s largest health and beauty exhibition.
The survey also found 48% of men had actually fallen asleep during the act itself.
And whilst scientists might have rescued men from a telling off for sleeping straight after orgasm, it seems perhaps understandable that the latest research won’t do the same for those who doze before reaching climax.