The Surprising Health Benefits of Orgasms
The Surprising Health Benefits of Orgasms
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Four Surprising Reasons Why Sex is Good For You
While we all know that orgasms have the power to make us feel good, many of us overlook the incredible impact they can have on our health.
It may be commonplace to discuss the significance of orgasms when talking about relationships and romance, but did you know that they can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart attack and even protect you from certain cancers?
There are endless scientific studies showing the positive effect regular sex and masturbation have on a person’s mind, body and soul.
In this short article, we explore four of the most remarkable benefits of orgasms.
Orgasms relieve stress
When you’ve got a tight deadline the last thing on your mind is probably sex. But, did you know orgasms are great stress busters?
When you have sex, masturbate, or just become aroused, you’ll start to build muscle tension all over your body.
When you reach orgasm, the tension that’s been building in your muscles will release, giving your entire body an incredible feeling of relaxation.
Furthermore, when you have an orgasm your brain releases oxytocin, otherwise known as the cuddle hormone.
Oxytocin helps the body to relax by lowering your blood pressure and your cortisol levels. It can even raise your pain tolerance and is known for helping people to feel close and connected when having sex together.
But it’s not just sex that can help to chill out, masturbation is just as good as a stress reliever. In fact, a 2006 study found that 39% of women masturbate as a way to relax.
Orgasms help you sleep better
Ever have a session with your lover only for them to orgasm, roll over and immediately fall asleep? Well, they’re not the only ones.
Sex before bed is a great way to get your 90 winks. This is because when we orgasm our brains release the hormone prolactin, which helps us to feel relaxed and sleepy.
If you’ve got a lot on your mind and it's starting to affect your sleep, try introducing a spot of masturbation or some sexy playtime before you turn off the light.
Not only could an orgasm clear your mind and relax your body, but it's a much more fun night-time routine than scrolling through Instagram, or rushing to get the bins out in time.
Orgasms can reduce pain
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, orgasms are amazing things. Incredibly, having an orgasm has been shown to reduce pain and raise your pain tolerance.
Due to the endorphins released when you orgasm, general aches and pains can be soothed by sex and masturbation.
While the effect may be short term (sexologists say it only lasts for about ten minutes) orgasms could be a powerful tool to use against menstrual cramps, headaches and even labour pain!
When you’ve got a blinding headache, a terrible case of cramps, or expecting a baby, a quickie may not seem all that appealing, but have faith in the power of the orgasm and give it a go.
If you don’t fancy knockin’ one out for the good of your mind, how about for your physical health?
Various studies have found a correlation between regular sex and a lower risk of heart attacks.
This is due to the way orgasms lower our blood pressure, relieve stress and help us to get a good night's sleep, all of which play a role in having a healthy heart.
Remarkably, another study found that regular orgasms can help to reduce prostate cancer.
The study showed that prostate owners who ejaculated 21 times a month (compared to those who only ejaculated 4 times) reduced their risk of prostate cancer by a whopping 20%.
As a culture, we are beginning to loosen up when it comes to the subject of sex, masturbation and orgasms.
However, we still have a long way to go. Even now there are harmful myths and taboos surrounding sexual pleasure.
But really, orgasms are a wonderful part of life, one which boosts and protects our physical and mental health.
Whether you’ve got a headache, are dealing with stress, or are desperate for a good night’s kip, having an orgasm may be just what the doctor ordered.