Most people don’t need convincing that having an orgasm is a good thing. After all, it feels pretty great so what more incentive do you need? As it turns out, there’s even more reasons why having an orgasm should be considered an essential part of your life.
When you have an orgasm the brain releases a hormone known as oxytocin. A pleasure giving chemical, oxytocin is often also referred to as the ‘love hormone’. This is because it’s the hormone that’s released during social bonding and is responsible for mothers bonding with their infant too.
Health benefits of orgasms
But its impact on the body is often understated; oxytocin is a hormone with almost magical properties and its effects can be phenomenal. Here’s an explanation of why orgasms in general, and oxytocin in particular, are so important for everyday health.
Orgasms could help you enjoy a longer lifespan
In 1997 a study was carried out into the effects of orgasm on men’s health. It was conclusively shown that those who were having an orgasm at least twice a week died at half the rate of men who had one less than once a month. Experts felt this showed that climaxing provided some element of protection to men.
The effects have not yet been studied properly in women but early indications show the same principles apply.
Savour your orgasms they are healthy.
It could cure man-flu
A rather bold statement given the seriousness of the condition, but it appears that men who have a cold will recover far more quickly with the assistance of an orgasm or two.
A German university asked men to masturbate to orgasm, and during this process blood was continuously taken. The results showed that as arousal heightened and again at orgasm the number of leukocytes in the blood shot up. These are the white cells responsible for killing off germs and boosting their immune system.
Experts therefore believe that orgasms during an illness such as a cold could actually help to expedite recovery.
Orgasms help to relieve pain
The release of hormones such as oxytocin and also endorphins mean that orgasms can help to provide some relief from pain from all different sources, including post-operative, arthritis and even during childbirth.
One study showed that women’s pain detection and tolerance increased by 107% and 75% respectively when they achieved an orgasm through masturbation.
A natural cure for insomnia and stress
When you can’t go to sleep and you’re feeling anxious and stressed about the events of the day, the last thing you probably feel like doing is masturbating. Yet conversely, if you masturbated to orgasm, there’s a good chance you would be able to nod off soon after.
Studies are not yet conclusive but researchers believe that the release of endorphins and other neurochemicals during orgasm have a sedative effect, helping to induce sleep without a single pill in sight.
Everybody loves to orgasm.
The other reason it could help is that orgasm has been shown to have an effect on the brain, reducing stress and anxiety.
During orgasm, the hypothalamus region in the brain is flooded with oxytocin which in turn provides that warm and relaxed post-coital sensation. In addition, the area in the brain which is responsible for feelings of fear and anxiety, the amygdala, shows no activity at all during orgasm.
These chemical changes in the brain are believed to not just reduce stress levels but in turn, help relax the individual enough for sleep.
It keeps you looking younger
Ok, admittedly this fact hasn’t actually been proven yet but the statistics seem interesting and we’re certainly willing to believe it!
Years of research from Dr. David Weeks, one of the most eminent consultant clinical psychologists in the UK, has shown that participants aged between 40 and 50 who had more sex looked markedly younger than their counterparts.
The theory from outsiders suggests that the human growth hormone which is released during sex could be making the skin more elastic.
Are you getting enough?
The positive effects of orgasms are undeniable so the question remains: are you getting enough? Not being in a relationship is not excuse thanks to the wide range of vibrators and other sex toys now available. And if you are with someone and things have gotten a little stale, there are lots of playthings to help reintroduce a bit of spice into your life. Go on – your health will thank you for it!
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