Take a look at your right hand. Is your ring finger longer than your index finger?
If so, you may be more likely to seek out lots of sex partners, suggests research from the UK.
On the other hand (pun intended), if both digits are roughly the same length, you may be genetically pre-programmed to crave one long-term mate.
Here’s why: A longer ring finger is a sign you were exposed to lots of testosterone in your mother’s womb. And that T exposure has been tentatively linked to higher rates of promiscuity, the UK researchers say.
Make no mistake, though: “Many dozens of factors combine to affect how promiscuous you are,” says study coauthor Rafael Wlodarski, PhD, of the University of Oxford.
Those factors range from your friendships and personality traits to your culture and environment.
Wlodarski says finger length may be able to predict promiscuity when applied to big groups of people. But at the individual level, it’s just one of many variables.
While some mammals – dolphins, lions – like to play the field, others (wolves and gibbons) prize fidelity, humans fall somewhere in between, Wlodarski and his colleagues say.
Finger length aside, the big news from their study is that there appears to be two distinct types of people – or “phenotypes” – when it comes to fooling around.
“There seems to be a group of males and a group of females who are more inclined to ‘stay’, with a separate group of males and females being more inclined to ‘stray’,” he explains.
Among men, the strayers appear to outnumber the stayers 57% to 43%. For women, the split is just about reversed.
So the idea that all men are dogs and all women crave one long-term partner is not supported by the research, Wlodarski suggests. In fact, his findings show that among the most promiscuous men and women, the ladies tended to act more wantonly than the guys.
Have fun talking this one over with your girlfriend tonight.
10 Foods to increase your sexual appetite
Now, celery may not be the food of choice that you dream of when thinking sex, but it is a great source food for sexual stimulation. Celery contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration and turns women on.
Libido dietary tip: Celery is best eaten raw. Wash and cut some, and munch away in bed just before you get down and dirty.
- Raw oysters
This is one of the best known aphrodisiacs. Oysters are rich in zinc and help increase sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, a hormone that helps to build up libido. Try feeding an oyster during your foreplay routine and have her feed you.
Libido dietary tip : Scrub the shells well to get any dirt or bacteria off. Open and place them on a bed of crushed ice, squeeze some fresh lemon onto them if you like, and then start sucking away.
Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverse impotence in men. Also, they are potent sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
Libido dietary tip : A great way to incorporate bananas into your sex fantasy is to place cut banana pieces on your lady love’s body and slowly eat them.
The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree ahuacatl as a “testicle tree.” Avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.
Libido dietary tip: Cut an avocado in half, scoop out the insides with your fingers, and then get your woman to lick it off.
Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. These provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones. Additionally, the smell of almonds arouses passion in females. You can add to the sexual ambience by lighting some almond-scented candles to build up her mood.
Libido dietary tip: Eat almonds raw (with no added salt or sweetness). Alternately, crush some fresh almonds and sprinkle them on your salad to get the energy you need.
- Mangoes, peaches and strawberries
What’s more stimulating than sinking your teeth into a sticky-sweet fruit? How about adding that in your foreplay regime? Try dribbling the juices over your bodies and licking up the residue as an erotic fantasy game. It’s a tasty way to discover each other’s bodies.
Libido dietary tip: Peel the mango, cut the peach and slice up some strawberries, and feed each other during sex
Eggs are rich in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eating raw chicken eggs just prior to sex is said to heighten libido and maximize energy levels. But all bird and fish eggs contain B6 and B5.
Libido dietary tip: Partake in some hard-boiled eggs beforehand.
Figs are excellent sources of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina.
Libido dietary tip: Feed her some fresh figs and let the juices run all wild while you’re both getting revved up
While you don’t want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs.
Libido dietary tip: If the odour just won’t work for you — or you can’t stand garlic — go for garlic capsules instead.
Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid — which is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that produces the feeling of “being in love.” So, when your woman talks about how good chocolate makes her feel, there is some science behind it. In addition, dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body in general, as they help maintain the immune system.
Libido dietary tip: Feed each other with chocolates during foreplay or lick chocolate sauce off each others’ bodies!