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If sex studies sound too good to be true, they probably are


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We have a love-hate relationship with sex studies. On the one hand, they’re the bread and butter of this Naked Love blog (to wit: Study shows even cheaters’ guilt is selfish; Study shows the car doesn’t maketh the man; Study shows father knows best; Study shows some playas are just spreading the love; et al). But on the other hand, the science behind some of the sex studies out there appears flimsy to say the least. Take this “research,” which one site recently reminded us of: An Italian scientist by the name of Dr. Maria Cerruto claimed that wearing high heels improves a woman’s sex life. Hmm…an Italian woman looking to justify her Pradas? Color us suspicious.

Apparently wearing shoes at a 15-degree angle from the ground (about two inches) strengthens your pelvic floor muscles. And strong pelvic floor muscles — we’re with her on this aspect of the study, at least — increase blood flow to the region, making everything more sensitive, which can lead to stronger orgasms. Or even a woman’s very first orgasm. (While we’re on the subject, strong pelvic floor muscles can also increase lubrication, ward off incontinence later in life, and improve vaginal tone after childbirth.)

But when the researcher actually admits to her bias (“I adore high-heeled shoes and I wanted to find something positive about them. In the end I achieved my goal.”), it’s time for a reality check: If you’re not prepared to risk corns, calluses, hammertoes, arthritis, chronic knee pain, sprained ankles, and back problems all for the sake of a stronger O, then feel free to stick to your Betty’s Barbell and  Chuck Taylors instead.