Question for you. Have a quick look in the mirror. Have you got two little dimples just above your bum? Otherwise known as back dimples? If so, news flash - they indents are, supposedly, indicators of good health and better orgasms.
Bear with us on this one... Often referred to as 'Venus Dimples' after the Roman Goddess Of Beauty, myth dictates that said back dimples can make it easier for you to have an orgasm.
Why? Well, supposedly because the dimples facilitate good circulation around the pelvis area, which in turn helps you climax.
Wondering about the, ahem, science behind said sexual connection and if there can be any truth in said orgasm-enducing myth, we've spoken to two experts to get their take. Keep reading for two professional opinions on what back dimples are, why you get them and whether they can promote better orgasms, from pharmacist Pareena Patel and sexual and relationship psychotherapist Kate Moyle.
What are back dimples?
According to Lloyds Pharmacy pharmacist, Pareena Patel, back dimples are physical indentations of the joint on your lower back where your pelvis and spine meet. "They are created by the ligament that attaches your superior iliac spine and your skin," she explains.
So - what does the science say? "Research into why they are formed and their purpose is somewhat limited," Pareena notes. "One study which looked at the ‘attractiveness’ of the ‘Dimples of Venus’ in America and Turkey found that men preferred these dimples on women," she explains.
However, the evidence and research kind of runs out there. There's not enough conclusive scientific evidence, yet, to give back dimples any medical meaning, other than that they are indentations over a joint.
N.B. here - back dimples should not be confused with a ‘sacral dimple’, which presents as a small dimple at the base of the spine. "When present in young babies, this can in some rare cases if deep, could indicate problems with the lower part of the spinal cord and as such should be approached very differently," Pareena warns.
Why do you get back dimples?
Most people are born with back dimples, with them present on their bodies from birth. "Some evidence suggests that they are a dominant genetic trait," explains Pareena.
Can you make back dimples ‘appear’ through exercise? In short, no. "That's because there simply is no muscle there to tone. However in some cases, back dimples may become more prominent if you lose weight," she adds.
What is the link between back dimples and orgasms?
2 in 3 (that's 59%) of young women wish they’d learned about orgasms at school, according to new stats from Canesten and Brook.
So, in an attempt to clear up orgasm misinformation once and for all, we quizzed Kate Moyle on the link between back dimples and a better orgasm.
"Be careful what you believe," warns Kate. "The myth originated as people believed that back dimples indicated better circulation. While good circulatory function can contribute to supporting the increase in blood flow to your vagina and vulva during arousal, in turn helping lead to an orgasm, but there is no evidence to suggest that dimples in your back can support better orgasms or indeed circulation."
How did such a specific old wives tale come to be? Well, in part, thanks to the Internet and how easy it is to both spread and access information, Kate believes. "The challenge of the internet was that it opened up a space for people to explore sexually, to find information and to discover; but the price of this was that so much of what is shown online is not wholly representative or accurate."
She advises that you seek out trusted, reputable advice when it comes to your body and sex lives: after all, knowledge is power.
“There are so many myths, narratives and beliefs about sex that are almost born out of anything. We're constantly searching for the magic formula to a good sex life, without research or evidence to support these formulas. Many 'old wives tales', like that of the back dimple and the better orgasm, in themselves aren't a problem. It's when people let myths like so get in the way of sexual satisfaction that it becomes a problem," she continues.
Bottom line? Do your research a bit more, and check your sources of information, she advises. Hear, hear, And, FYI, there is no evidence to suggest back dimples are linked to better orgasms, according to the experts.
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