Keeping this item of clothing on during sex could make it easier for you to reach orgasm

When hopping in bed, the first reflex is typically to shed off all articles of clothing ASAP. However, there's one item of clothing that you should consider not removing if you want to experience as much pleasure as possible: your socks.

For as long as people have been finding reasons to love each other, there have also been things that embarrass, repulse and drive them apart which are nowadays referred to as turnoffs and mood killers. There are lots of them and they differ for everyone. Some people find hair extremely repulsive while others really like it and there are also certain smells that can also put people off.

But if there’s one turnoff that most people tend to agree on, it’s keeping your socks on while making love. However, it turns out socks might actually give you a little boost in the bedroom. A study published in 2005 carried out by the University of Groningen in The Netherlands suggests that keeping your socks on during sex… could actually make it easier for you to reach orgasm.

The importance of being comfortable during sex

The Dutch research team asked thirteen heterosexual couples between the ages of 19 and 49 to participate in their study. They attached brain scanners to the participants while they were in the throes of passion and at the start of the experiment, only half the couples managed to reach orgasm. Thinking they might be cold, the scientists then gave them socks to wear during the next part of the experiment. When they were wearing these socks, around 80% of the participants eventually managed to climax.

Although this research was only carried out on a small sample of people and so solid conclusions cannot be drawn from their results, it does, however, help us understand the subject a bit better. In fact, it could be a question of what the perfect environment forsex is. Itchy bed linen, for example, could stop you from reachingclimax, just like when the parts of your brain that feel fear and anxiety are active. Obviously, you have to be in the right frame of mind to reach orgasm.

Socks, an orgasms unknown best friend

According to researcher Gert Holstege, who was involved in the study, socks tend to make people feel safer and more secure. When we feel comfortable and warm, both the body and mind relax which stimulates our libido and makes it easier for us to orgasm. And what’s more, wearing stockings helps the blood vessels in your feet to dilate which stimulates blood circulation and makes your orgasms feel more satisfying. So if all you need to enjoy yourself more is a pair of socks, why not give it a try!

But be warned, you should consider changing them and wearing a clean pair before getting down and dirty. Rubbing your socks that have been inside your shoes all day on your partner probably isn’t very pleasant, or sexy either.

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