Words: Nicci Talbot
Researchers at the University of the West of Scotland have found that the shape of a woman’s mouth may have an effect on her orgasms. They asked 258 Scottish women aged 18-35 to describe their lip shape and sexual lifestyle. The survey found that women with a prominent and raised tubercle (Cupid’s bow) were 12 times more likely to experience a vaginal orgasm during sex, without masturbating, oral sex or using sex toys.
95% of the women with a prominent Cupid’s bow said they could orgasm during intercourse compared to 60% of the group with a flat upper lip (charming). So, they concluded that lip shape influences the quality of a woman’s sex life and orgasms.
Hmm. Well, it’s a bit of fun in view of the depressing news so I enjoyed reading the article in this week’s Femail magazine. Claws out of course, as they sourced pictures of three celebs with ‘hot lips’ (Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl, Rihanna) and compared them to three ‘cold fish’ (Cheryl Cole, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts). The problem is they’re all wearing lippy in the pics so it’s difficult to see their natural lip shape. Lip liner can make the thinnest lips look plump and sexy.
If someone asked me if I have a Cupid’s bow I’d say yes, but I’ve no idea if it’s ‘prominent and raised’. Were the women given any pictures to compare themselves to? Self-diagnosis might not be the most reliable method but then I suppose it’s hardly cost-effective or practical to have a researcher visit 258 women and do a close-up examination. You might stretch the truth a bit if you thought there was a link between your Cupid’s bow and how orgasmic you are during sex (ever hopeful lol).
I’ve read that there’s a link between the upper lip and the clitoris so kissing and tiny nibbles are essential foreplay and will turn a woman on quickly. I think so. Most women would love a bit more lip action.
Don’t be disheartened if you have a flat upper lip, as the study found that lip shape doesn’t affect your ability to orgasm via other methods. That’s alright then.
I wonder if it applies to men? I predict a bit of an inspection going on around the country. Well, if it leads to a bit more lip action then that’s a good thing.
Brody S, Costa R M: ‘Vaginal orgasm is more prevalent among women with a prominent tubercle of the upper lip’. Journal of Sexual Medicine, published 15/6/11.