You’re more likely to reach orgasm if you wear socks in bed
| Ellen Scott, Metro.com – Beware, men, for the dropping temperature signals the arrival of winter penis.
As the weather gets colder, those of you with a penis may notice shrinkage, decreased erections, and difficulty reaching orgasm.
This isn’t due to your member going into hibernation, but a physical reaction to the cold.
‘The blood vessels in the penis shut down because of the cold temperature,’ Annabelle Knight, sex and relationship expert for Lovehoney, tells Metro.co.uk. ‘Men can expect their penis to shrivel by up to 50% in length and 20% to 30% in girth when the weather gets chilly. ‘The body is programmed to preserve heat and energy.
So in the cold, it funnels its resources into maintaining blood flow to the middle of your body, where your vital organs are.
‘But in order to do that, your body has to reduce blood flow to your appendages – your fingers, toes, and your penis. The testicles also retract and rise closer to the rest of the body so they can also stay warm.’
Colder weather can also prompt struggles with arousal. Being warm and cosy has been shown to help people reach orgasm, as warmth relaxes the body.
That’s why you’re more likely to reach orgasm if you wear socks in bed. This means that when it’s colder, your body tenses and constricts, making arousal and maintaining an erection challenging.
‘The cold desensitises the penis,’ explains Annabelle. ‘It makes it slightly less responsive to stimulation.
‘Men can take longer to orgasm when they are cold,’ says Anabelle. ‘These aren’t just due to physiological reasons. Cold is a distraction when you are trying to have sex. Your mind will instinctively be thinking about how you can get warm rather than concentrating on the sex.’ Read more.