Men with fertility problems may not always have problems
The study, based on 21 subjects, found that men ejaculate more quickly and with more volume and motile sperm when it’s a novel subject -- aka a complete stranger. And guess what’s full of novel subjects? Well, at least in erotic digital or print form (unless you’re Steve Stifler): those little rooms in fertility clinics chock-full of porn.
“It could be when they’re with their partners trying to conceive that there are less sperm," Sirot said, "or they’re less motile. And when they go into the clinic and are provided with pornography and any novelty stimulus, that they could be producing a different -- and actually transferring a better -- ejaculate.”
In other words, a complete stranger has a better chance of literally extracting better baby-making juices from a man. This is good news for people who are trying to conceive, but it could also mean that the best place to quite literally do it may not be with each other in the bedroom. Introducing new, sometimes X-rated factors (not of your actual partner), could be the most effective way to get the best sample.
“If you're trying to understand why a couple is having trouble conceiving," Sirot said, "then you need to be collecting ejaculate in a scenario that is as similar as possible to their actual conception attempt.You can't put them in an entirely different situation and assume the ejaculate you get is the same they will get when they're having sex with their partners.”
It doesn’t mean men are born to cheat
Naturally, the first thing that could come to mind with these findings is that men are instinctively drawn to sleep with other women. We admit it, we thought that -- even though it would mean everything that happened in The Affair was just… human nature? Blasphemy.
Rest easy. According to Dr. Sirot, that’s complete and utter BS.
“No, I hate that,” Sirot said. “I have to use my professor speak here, but the only thing we speculated about that is that our results are consistent with the hypothesis that in our evolutionary past men had opportunity for extra-pair populations. It doesn’t mean men are selected to mate with new females, and mate with lots of females, that’s not at all what our results mean.”
It does mean that a one-night-stand could be more favorable for conceiving
Tinder loyalists, beware. Your night games could be considered a fertile playground.
“We simulated a one-night-stand more or less, so it does suggest that maybe men would transfer a different ejaculate in a one-night-stand than in a long-term relationship,” Sirot said. “But the conception also depends on how the female's body is responding, whether she is receptive to the sperm, where she is in her ovulation cycle -- there are so many other factors that affect conceiving.”
Breathe a sigh of relief, guys. Remember: it takes two to slam dance.
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Liz Newman is a freelance writer for Thrillist and is pretty sure this study is the modern-day equivalent of Fatal Attraction, aka it will scare the bejesus out of every guy in America. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @lizn813