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Theoretically, women know there’s nothing we can really do to keep a man from cheating, but that doesn’t stop us from trying everything possible—including faking orgasms.

A new study published in The Archives Of Sexual Behavior surveyed about 450 women in long-term relationships and found that women who thought their men might cheat on them were more likely to report faking it. Women who were more likely to pretending orgasms also performed other “male retention” behaviors—including ones that could be counterproductive—like flirting with someone in front of their partner or yelling at a woman who looks at their man. Sound familiar?

The authors of the study concluded that faking the big O is most likely just one of many things women do to try to keep their man happy at home, like dressing nicely to catch his attention. I suppose the logic with the orgasm is that if a man thinks he’s satisfying his woman he won’t stray? I’d say the success rate on that strategy is probably pretty low.

Do you think faking orgasms could help prevent men from cheating? What about flirting with other men or yelling at women who try to talk to your partner? Have you ever tried any of these?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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