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Better sex with Body Modification?

Extreme body modification
Extreme body modification

Tattoos, piercings and other body modifications are significant determinants of sexual activity in people, according to research published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Body modification corset
Body modification corset

The researchers from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Specialist Teaching Hospital in Tychy, Poland found that individuals with tattoos and piercings tend to have their first intercourse at earlier ages than those without body modifications.

Penis piercings
Penis piercings

People with body modifications are more likely to be more liberal about sex, however, this does not mean that they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors.

Extreme labia modification
Extreme labia modification

The study focused on 120 healthy adults between the ages of 20 and 35 – this included 60 participants without any body modifications, 28 participants with tattoos and 32 with piercings.

Nuba tribal body modification
Nuba tribal body modification

All participants responded to a questionnaire asking about sexual history, including current sexual practices and the quality of their relationships. The questionnaire also asked how their body modifications influenced their sex lives as well as how their partners responded to the modifications.

Participants were also asked if they engaged in risky sexual behaviors, which included having multiple partners and one-night-stands, inconsistent condom use, and sex involving drugs or alcohol.

All over body modification
All over body modification

Key findings included:

  • Participants with body modifications had their first sexual intercourse much earlier than people without modifications – at about age 16 for those with tattoos, 17 for those with piercing, and 18 for those without body modifications.
  • Participants with tattoos had had the most sex partners. They were also more sexually active than the controls were.
  • Participants with piercings were more likely to have a regular partner than those with tattoos.Participants with piercings had a higher frequency of intercourse than the controls did.
  • Participants with BMs were more likely to have anal or oral sex as a dominant sexual activity than the controls were.
  • When compared to controls, participants with BMs were more likely to have had sex in places other than a bedroom, such as a car or public place.
  • The researchers reported no statistically significant differences in sexual orientation, preferences, risky sexual behaviors, frequency of masturbation, or history of sexual abuse.
  • Approximately 34% of adults with piercings said that their pierced areas were more sexually sensitive. About 78% of them said that the piercing was sexually exciting for their partner. For those with tattoos, about 82% said that the tattoos excited their partner sexually.
  • No association was found between body modifications and engaging in risky sexual behaviors. The authors wrote that “this group should not be stigmatized just because of having any type of BMs.”

 

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