The durex guide to sex toys: do aphrodisiacs work?


It's as simple as that.

At least not in the way that you might be thinking...

There are no magic potions that are going to make anyone electric in bed, although some of the traditional aphrodisiacs like oysters, figs, chilies, and choclate all hold suprising bedroom benefits that you could be taking advantage of.


Or you could google it.

As it happens, oysters contain very high levels of zinc and folic acid, which are important in the production of semen and sperm. Added to this is the fact that oysters are often perceived as a luxury food (and often paired with champagne), and a little bit of decadence can go a long way for your libido.


Figs are another famous aphrodisiac, revered by almost every culture in history. And they too look like a pody part.


.. apparently

But this is another case of form coincidentally meeting function, as figs are filled with anti-oxidants which is beneficial for blood circulation.


Chilies definitely tick the box for similarity to a male body part, although the same could be said about a lot of different fruits and vegetables. Eating chilies also sparks a number of reactions in the body. Feel-good endorphins are released, and the body’s temperature is raised, along with increased heart rate and sweating – the same body functions that are also triggered by sexual arousal. However, caution should be taken when eating chilies and, using your mouth on your partner, as the capsaicin in the chili can be a powerful irritant for sensitive areas!


This level of tapering may or may not be normal.


Of all the supposed aphrodisiacs, chocolate is the one that holds truest. It has a melting point of just below body temperature, making it feel closely linked with the body – all the more so, when you eat it off your partner’s body. At the chemical level, chocolate contains serotonin, a chemical associated with feelings of euphoria. It is said that Montezuma, the last ruler of the Aztecs, drank fifty cups of chocolate a day for the sexual properties that it possessed. It’s probably best if you start with a bar or two, and work your way up from there.


One Aztec ruler, fifty cups.