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Physics Tips for a More Romantic St. Valentine's Day

Six ways that science can make this year's love struck holiday even better, from

Greenbelt, MD, February 11, 2007 --( Science is probably the farthest thing from your mind as you're making plans for how to spend Valentine's Day. Now, the shows just how important science is for sex by offering loads of relationship-enhancing suggestions.

Here are a few tips specially selected for Valentine's Day.

Make that romantic meal low fat. When you eat a rich meal of marbled steak and butter-soaked lobster, much of the fat goes straight into your blood. Fatty blood is sticky and thick, which means it doesn't flow as well as it should. Blood flow is critical for arousal, particularly in men of course, but also for women. Reduced blood flow in a woman's genitals can reduce lubrication during arousal. So skip the foie gras on the 14th. Salads and other low fat foods are sexier for your Valentine's Day dinner. See the blog posting "Pumped Up and Ready for Love, part 2" for more information.

Tune your bed and body for better sex. Different beds have different rhythms: firm beds are better for faster sex, and soft beds are better for slower loving. For the most versatility, start with a firm bed and add pillows or thick comforters to slow things down. If you want to take even more control of the pace, experiment with sexual positions. You will find that various positions often encourage distinct natural rhythms. See the post "Sexual Rhythms" for more details.

Mix it up for sensory bliss. The sensory cells that respond to touch, temperature and other information tune out sensations that don't change much. (That's why you may forget about the sunglasses resting on top of your head, for example.) So mix things up in bed – change how and where you touch your lover to keep the sensory cells firing and the excitement levels up. See the post "Sex and Sensibility, part1."

Keep going longer with sensory repetition. If you or you lover suffer from premature ejaculation, you may be able to stave off the inevitable with the start-stop method. (The method is essentially the opposite of the suggestion above.) Just as the sensory cells and nerves in your scalp soon forget about the sunglasses stowed there, repeatedly taking a man to the brink of orgasm and stopping briefly makes the sensory system less responsive, and can help him last longer in bed. See "Sex and Sensibility, part1."

Hum a low pitched tune. Human ears can detect high frequencies, but the nerves in the rest of your body can't register sound much over 500 hertz (roughly the B note above middle C on the piano). So if you give the gift of a hummer this Valentine's Day, keep the pitch low for the best effect. The details of this suggestion will be in the upcoming post "Sex and Sensibility, part2."

If you still need to find Valentine's Day date, try hooking up the physics way. We can't guarantee results, but researchers have found that some approaches are better than others when it comes to cruising for mates. (Valentine's Day is a week away, so you still have one more weekend to try it out.) The details are in last week's post "The Physics Guide to Hooking Up." 

Visit to read more tips, and to delve deeper into the issues of science and sexuality.

Buzz Skyline

"Physics is like sex: Sure, it may have practical results, but that is not the reason we do it." - Richard Feynman

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