The history of humankind’s most elusive mysteries goes something like this. The Big Bang, the City of Atlantis, Cleopatra’s tomb, and the orgasm. For millennia, humans have bathed in the pleasures of the orgasm. Always coming back for another piece of ecstasy pie. Only recently have we begun to discover the many hidden ways orgasms help us out. Scientists are uncovering advantages ranging from pain relief to happiness, to cancer prevention. Once you learn about the incredible power of orgasms, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing and go bang one out right now.
While you’re in the throes of orgasm, your brain secretes a hormone called oxytocin. Sometimes it’s dubbed the “bonding hormone,” at other times the “love hormone.” In this case, we’re going to call it the “yes yes yes, oh god yes” hormone. Oxytocin pours from the hypothalamus. That’s the region of your brain responsible for relaxation after orgasms. Studies show that women have harnessed the power of orgasmic oxytocin. They report masturbating just to relax.
No more pain
Oxytocin strikes again. This time, working with endorphins released by your pituitary gland during orgasm. With the help of dopamine and serotonin, this dynamic duo reduces the effects of pain. One study found that women’s post-orgasm pain tolerance went up a whopping 75%. Next time you break a leg just hobble on over to the bed and bust one out. But the effects of orgasm-induced pain reduction lasts only minutes. So you’ll have to make this one a quickie.
Catch some Z’s
It makes sense that orgasms help you sleep since you’re so relaxed after experiencing them. But taking a nightly trip to O-Ville can help treat insomnia. Research shows the effects to be stronger in men, but it’s possible for all genders. The endorphins that come out to play with oxytocin are only part of the equation. The hormones vasopressin and prolactin are secreted during orgasm, and those bad boys regulate sleep. Put the Ambien away and jump on the bandwagon.
Prolactin doesn’t just help with sleep. It also regulates neuron growth in your brain’s olfactory bulb (the smell center). Women release a ton of this hormone during orgasm. The more this happens, the more neuron pathways your brain can build, improving your sense of smell. A keen sense of smell is underrated, especially in the world of attraction. We’re beginning to understand the importance of scent in mate selection. Besides, it’ll be that much easier for you to stop and smell the flowers.
Stay on schedule
Any woman who has experienced irregular menstrual cycles knows the frustrations that come. Many women go to great lengths to deceive their body, just to have a regular period. They spend years trying to outsmart the calendar, take extra pills, or slap on patches. If that doesn’t work, they shove rods in their arm or gadgets up their cervix. Yow. Good news, ladies. Several studies have shown that having orgasms at least once a week can help regulate the crimson tide. Time to bust out that bikini and ride with confidence.
Prevent prying eyes
There’s a reason people call oxytocin the “bonding chemical.” It promotes, get this, bonding. The more you bond with someone, the less likely they are to trade you in for a replacement or stray. For those in monogamous relationships, this is an important goal. Orgasms can be a useful means of achieving closeness and longevity with your partner.
Boost your immunity
If you get sick a lot, you can finally put the Nyquil away. Research has shown promising effects of orgasms against viruses. One study showed a significant increase in white blood cells (leukocytes) after orgasm. Another showed a 30% increase in immunoglobulin A post-orgasm. Immunoglobulins are antibodies produced by white blood cells. They’re your body’s knights for destructing pathogens like viruses and bacteria. You might want to be strategic about your positions, out of courtesy for your partner. Just saying.
Heal your head
Maybe you’re a chronic headache sufferer, or you had too many cocktails last night. Either way, orgasms have a history of proven benefits for head pain. Research shows certain headache types to respond well to orgasms as a therapeutic method. Cluster headaches have been particularly responsive. I should mention, a few people get headaches from orgasms. But they usually respond well to NSAIDs (like Ibuprofen). There’s only one way to know how you’re affected. Saddle up.
Shed extra pounds
Getting it on can be a great cardio workout. According to one study, you burn an average 3.6 calories for every minute of sexual pleasure. You can burn off a Snickers bar in an hour. Moreover, oxytocin curbs food cravings. So, this nonsense about needing “a sammich” after sex is uncommon. Not convinced? There’s research showing more orgasms bring slimmer hips and waist. If you’re still not, you can be your own guinea pig.
Help your heart
Orgasms are great for heart health for a myriad of reasons. Stress relief, nutrition and cardio benefits, sleep aid, and more. More recently, science has explored the specific effects of orgasms on heart health. Men who have sex two to three times a week have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But frequency doesn’t cut it for women. Women who are sexually satisfied have a lower risk of developing hypertension. Once again, the ladies prefer quality over quantity.
Live long and prosper
The fountain of youth flows with seminal fluid. Having more sex, and more orgasms can help you live longer. One study found the mortality risk of men who had more orgasms was half that of their low-orgasm counterparts. Another study found longer telomeres in women who have more sex. Telomeres are protective caps for your DNA that control the speed of aging. So shorter telomeres mean a shorter life. That’s bad, mkay.
Slow your aging
Amidst the blend of hormones secreted during orgasm is the (human) growth hormone. HGH handles many things (like homeostasis, organ function, and cell regeneration). It’s believed to play a role in preserving your skin’s elasticity. So you can fork over the cash for Botox, or you can fork over the cash for a rad sex swing. Your choice. Besides that, regularly romping keeps you healthy and happy. And let’s face it, there’s no better path to youth than overall well-being.
Prevent prostate cancer
It seems like every time you read the news there’s something about being one step closer to a cure for cancer. So close. But how often is that cure an orgasm? I’m not saying orgasms will cure every John and Bill out there. But you lose nothing by trying. Scientists have discovered that men who ejaculate 21 times or more a month have a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who ejaculate four to seven times a month. That’s not even once a day, guys. You can do it.
Have more orgasms
The relationship between your libido and hormones is a two-way street. They need each other. The hormones testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are the key players. The first two are affected by your orgasm. Testosterone is notorious for bringing the sex drive up. Studies have shown a rise in testosterone during orgasm. More orgasms, more hormones. More hormones, more orgasms. Everyone’s happy.
Have some fun
As long as you’re both consenting adults and not hurting anyone, orgasms are fun as hell. Life is full of stressors, and you deserve moments of joy when you can find them. Your body wants them, your mind wants them, your heart wants them, and your partner wants them. Let Lady O into your life. Let her caress you and melt your problems away for three to ninety seconds. You know you want to, and science is behind you.
Ladies, If you’re having trouble reaching orgasm, let me help you out. Scientists have discovered a “golden trio” of factors that are more likely to bring you to orgasm. Try incorporating these things into your routine.
- Oral sex. There’s nothing wrong with a little foreplay. It works even better if there’s finger action and passionate kissing mixed in.
- Taking your time. Women who have sex for at least 15 minutes are more likely to reach O-Town.
- Healthy relationships. This may come as a surprise. Being in a happy relationship with your partner is a significant factor in your orgasm game.
We’ve all known someone looking for that magic pill to solve all their problems. Everyone wants to be smart, thin, happy, likeable, and disease-free. I’m not saying orgasms are the sweet elixir to every ailment. But, as you can see, they’re a decent starting point on a path toward holistic health. There is plenty of research showing you orgasms are great for your sexual wellness. But you knew that. Now you know there’s a plethora of science telling you they’re good for your overall health. There’s no denying the facts. So go on with your bad self and orgasm your way to a long, healthy life.