WE ALL know that a cup of strong coffee is just the thing to perk you up in the morning – but did you know it could also perk up your sex life?
A new TikTok trend has seen women downing espresso before they hit the sack in hope of a better orgasm.
Sexpert Nadia Bokody, 34, from Australia, was keen to give the hack a whirl, here she shares her verdict…
I found myself throwing back a double shot of espresso before hitting full speed on my vibrator this week. Let me explain …
TikTok legend has it that, if you down coffee directly before doing the deed, you can expect to enjoy an orgasm more robust than a bag of organic fair-trade Arabica.
And, naturally, I had to see if the Gen Z’ers were onto something.
The caffeine orgasm trend first took off when user @cupofalexx_official posted a video to TikTok asserting a cup of Joe intensifies your orgasms by 50 per cent.
It wasn’t long before other TikTokers began making their own posts testing out the bold claim.
Though it’s dubious a strong coffee is likely to result in multiple orgasms the theory behind the caffeine climax does have legs.
Caffeine is a vasodilator, which essentially means it causes blood vessels to dilate, subsequently allowing more blood to flow through them.
It’s for this reason people drink it to get going in the mornings, or directly before a workout.
It wasn’t exactly the out-of-body experience TikTok promised, but my Big Oh may have felt a little more intense than usualNadia Bokody
We all know a person (or perhaps you’re that person yourself) who quite literally cannot function until they’ve defrosted their soul with a hearty brew.
Unfortunately, there’s no real research into whether that effect could extend to the genitalia.
A 2018 study on rats, did however suggest a correlation between caffeine intake and sex, with female rats who were administered caffeine engaging in more hanky panky.
Regardless, there’s no human version of this to date, so I went to an actual expert to see if coffee could improve my sex life.
Melbourne-based gynaecologist Dr Joseph Sgroi told me it wasn’t entirely out of the question, though he was quick to insist the benefit would likely be minor.
“Interestingly, the effect of caffeine on blood vessels varies. Blood vessels in the brain and lung tend to constrict, whilst those in the stomach tend to dilate.
Add this to the effect on the brain as a stimulant, and you might get the sensation of improvements with your orgasms,” Dr Sgroi explained.
“That said, caffeine is no substitute for appropriate foreplay and bonding with your partner. A healthy respect for one another will far surpass any benefit you might get from the barista.”
Clearly Dr Sgroi has never met my barista. Still, the attractive woman who makes my coffee aside, I was intrigued enough to give it a go.
The result? It wasn’t exactly the out-of-body experience TikTok promised, but my Big Oh may have felt a little more intense than usual.
Or, perhaps it was more along the lines of the placebo effect Dr Sgroi hinted at?
If you’re already reaching for the Moccona to see for yourself, just be wary:
while there’s no risk associated with drinking coffee before sex if you’re in good health without a pre-existing heart condition or high blood pressure, over-consuming caffeine can lead to an array of unpleasant side-effects like heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia and dehydration.
So, you know, go easy.
This article was originally published on News.com.au and has been republished here with permission.