When it comes to sex in a relationship, just how important is oral sex to men? Well according to new research by Superdrug Online Doctor, it’s pretty important.
A team of researchers recently took an intimate look at how much men enjoy receiving oral sex, how much women enjoy giving it and what factors contribute to their pleasure.
In order to collect their results, they surveyed 1,100 men and women from across Europe and America and some of their findings might just surprise you.
Not so surprising was the fact that 35 percent of men described oral sex as being “somewhat important” in a relationship, with only nine percent saying it was “not at all important.”
Meanwhile 26 percent of women labelled it “moderately important”.
A further 30 percent of men admitted they would opt for oral sex over sexual intercourse if they could only have one or the other.
But why is that?
For American men, it’s probably because they get to enjoy around 11 uninterrupted minutes of oral sex at a time, with women in the US claiming this is how long oral sex should last for.
This is almost two minutes longer than European women think the act should last, with their suggestion being nine minutes.
Interestingly, it was men who thought it should take less time, with European males believing oral sex should only take around eight minutes from start to finish.
While many might be shocked to learn that women think oral sex should last longer than men, they might also be surprised to hear that women are more likely to give it than men.
A whopping 60 percent of American women were found to initiate the act with their partners on their own, rather than having it requested of them.
The participants in the study also revealed their tips for getting the most satisfaction out of oral sex.
They recommended communicating preferences with your partner beforehand or during, with 72 percent of participants claiming to be “very satisfied” with oral sex after communication.
And in case you’re wondering, the majority of men in the study don’t care whether their partner swallows or not – only four percent argued that swallowing was important.