Why wearing socks and walking with a wiggle will give you a better orgasm

New research has shown that ladies who alter their appearance are less likely to reach orgasm as they are unable to communicate their enjoyment levels to their partner through their facial expressions.

And fillers aren't the only things that can have an affect on a woman's ability to climax.

From the face you pull during sex being decided by which part of the world you're from to the benefits of wearing socks in bed, Sun Online reveals the science behind the big O – and the unlikely things you can do to improve it.

Keep your socks on

It seems socks have an unfair reputation as a sexual turn-off.

Dutch researchers have found that wearing them during sex makes women more likely to have an orgasm.

When they tested 13 couples age 19 to 49, they found that just half of women were able to climax during intercourse when they were barefoot.

However when they donned socks to make love, the number increased to 80 per cent.

Professor Gert Holstege, who led the research, says it may be because women are more likely to climax when they feel safe and relaxed – and cold toes stops us feeling either of those things.

"If you are fearful, it's very hard to let go. A pleasant environment is an important part of making a woman feel safe, secure and comfortable," he told Sun Online.

Sexpert Annabelle adds: "Any form of distraction can ruin the big O so – it’s not surprising that cold feet fall into this category. If socks don’t do it for you then try an electric blanket instead."

The best time to orgasm is in the mornings – mid-cycle

If you are looking for a mind-blowing orgasm, plan a sex session slap-bang in the middle of your cycle – around day 14.

This is when your levels of the hormones oestrogen and testosterone reach their peak.

This potent combination not only supercharges your libido, it also sends more blood to your intimate areas, making climaxes more earth-shattering and more likely to be felt through-out your body.

Set your alarm clock too as picking the right time of day could lead to more explosive results.

When the sun rises, testosterone levels in your blood increase to help get you up – and women’s levels start to rise most between 7 and 8am. 

Walking with a wiggle

The more your sway your hips, the more likely you are to enjoy the Big O in bed, according to sexperts.

Researchers recruited two groups of women – and divided them into those who easily had orgasms and those who almost never did.  

They then filmed them from a distance walking in a public place.

When they looked at the footage, eight out of 10 times they were able to tell which women found it easy to climax, just from the way they walked.

According to sexologist Professor Stuart Brody, who led the study, a more confident stride could be a sign that a woman feels more attractive to men – and has had more practice having sex.

It’s also possible that an easy stride means a woman has less tension in her pelvic region, making orgasms easier to achieve.

Sexpert Annabelle adds: "Being able to rock from side to side with comfort and ease will help to make your clitoris more accessible to your partner and easier to stimulate. This can only mean one thing – easier orgasms."

It’s not just his size that matters – yours does too

Penis size has long been thought to contribute to a female's ability to orgasm through sex.

But it turns out we should have a look at the size of our own genitalia before blaming men.

A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who struggle to orgasm tend to have smaller than the usual 4-inch-long average.

Researchers at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, found that out of a test group of 30 women, those who struggled to orgasm had had a smaller clitoris -and that it was 5 to 6 mm further away from their vagina on average.

For sexpert Emma Kenny of event organisers Killing Kittens, the key to an orgasm is telling your partner when they have hit the spot, however big it is.

"For women, a larger clitoris can make a climax easier because your partner doesn’t have to play detective," she says.

"However, as long as you say ‘yes’ when he hits the spot, you are much more likely to have a climax – whether you have a large or a small clitoris."

Rule of thumb

If you are wondering why you find it hard to orgasm, it might all be down to the size of your bits.

Scientists say that if the distance between your vagina and clitoris is more than the length from the tip of your thumb to the knuckle it may be too far apart for you to enjoy the benefit of penetration. 

According to researcher Dr Kim Wallen, of America’s Emory University: "Some women may be anatomically predisposed to experience orgasm from intercourse, while the genital anatomy of other women makes such orgasms unlikely."

Sex and relationship expert Annabelle Knight agrees, telling Sun Online: "The further your clitoris is away from your vagina, the less likely it is that it will get some much needed attention."

It’s in your genes

It may not be the sort of subject you’d want to chat to your mum about, but if she finds it easy to orgasm during sex, the chances are that you do too.

That’s because scientists have discovered that the ability to orgasm may be partly down to genes.

Researchers interviewed more than 4,000 women, who were either identical or non-identical twins.

They found that identical twins, with exactly the same DNA, were likely to have the same ease or difficulty having orgasms.

Professor Tim Spector of St Thomas' Hospital in London, who led the research, said: "There’s clear evidence of a biological, underlying influence here that we can't purely attribute to culture, upbringing, religion or race."

Stop thinking of your to-do list

If you have too much on your mind, you are less likely to be able to orgasm.

According to a study by Dutch researchers, large areas of a woman's brain simply shut down at the height of passion.

Scans show that they stop using the part of their brains that process fear, anxiety and feelings during orgasm  – and enter an almost trance-like state.

However if those areas remain active and you are still thinking about your to-do list, you are less likely to be able to reach your peak.

Neurologist Professor Gert Holstege said: "The deactivation in women is really pronounced during orgasm."

But according to his findings men’s minds don’t go quite as blank.

Professor Holstege says theirs scans show they concentrate more on the physical sensations – and their brains don’t switch off as much.

The reasons why men and women differ may lay in our ancient past when threats, like wild animals or enemies could strike suddenly,  says sexpert Annabelle.

She says: "Men would need to be ready to get up and go at the drop of a hat. So historically speaking, the shutting down of their brains, in the same way as women do, would be a risk to their survival.”

Your 'O face' depends on where you're from

The face you pull while climaxing doesn’t just come down to the level of ecstasy you are experiencing between the sheets – it’s down to where you come from.

According to a new study published this month by the National Academy of Sciences, lovers from Western cultures, like Europe and the US pull different faces from those from Eastern societies, like China.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow asked 80 men and women to look at facial expressions on a computer.

They found that those from Western cultures identified an orgasm face as having a wide-eyed expression and an open mouth, so that this is the face they are likely to pull.

When asked to identify the same expressions, people from Eastern cultures, like the Far East, chose faces that were smiling with raised eyebrows and closed eyes.

Annabelle thinks it’s likely that we are learning by example.

She says: "The type of porn we view, sex scenes in films and descriptions in novels will all help to mould our early experience of orgasms and could have an impact on how we act during early sexual encounters and beyond."

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