An orgasm is a feeling of intense sexual pleasure that happens during sexual activity.
Many who are by now well used to the idea of having an orgasm after sex will also know that you don’t need a reason to have an orgasm. Organisms are glorious natural parts of sex and should be celebrated.
But in case you did need an excuse, here’s one plus a load more. Orgasms come with a number of health benefits of orgasms we’ve listed below.
1 Stress Reduction
An orgasm is an instant stress reducer That’s because reaching climax floods your body with feelgood hormones such as oxytocin, which reduce stress. Plus the process of reaching an orgasm distracts you from any worries or lingering things on your to-do list. It’s tricky to worry about how full your inbox is when your, um, filling your other inbox.
2. It’s good for your skin
Having an orgasm increases blood flow to the skin, which will help with reducing wrinkles and repairing damage. Brilliant. The reduction of stress we mentioned earlier helps too, as a reduction of stress hormones lowers inflammation, which is connected to acne and redness. Immediately after an orgasm you’ll get a glow thanks to getting your blood bumping, and longterm you could have smoother, blemish-free skin (although, sadly, no research has yet been done into how many orgasms you need to have to match the benefits of an excellent skincare routine).
3. Orgasms can get rid of headaches And other aches and pains.
That’s thanks to the pleasure hormones released by orgasms – dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin – which also handily reduce the sensation of pain. Just a warning though: Some people find that orgasms actually bring on headaches. It’s thought this is due to strenuous activity, and you can deal with any postcoital headaches by popping a painkiller before a bone sesh and following up your lovemaking with a drink of water and a lie-down. Sexy.
4. They could help with migraines
Anyone who’s been through the hell of migraines will jump for anything that promises to reduce the struggle. While we wouldn’t suggest swapping medication for sex (if your medication is working for you, please keep using it), the links between orgasms and migraine relief are promising enough to make sex an option when nothing else is doing the trick. In one study, 47% of people with migraines felt complete relief after an orgasm. That being said, 49.1% felt no relief, and 5.3% said an orgasm made their migraine worse. So it’s a bit of a gamble. Researchers compared the benefits of orgasm to that of medications and found that orgasms are a significantly less effective fix, but that when they do work to reduce migraine symptoms, they do so speedily. Worth a go, right?
5. Having an orgasm will help you get to sleep
We all know sleep is incredibly important for our physical and mental wellbeing – so anything that helps us ease into sleep is brilliant. Again, this benefit is all down to the hormones released by orgasm. Stress reduction will always help with sleep, while serotonin and norepinephrine – both released by orgasm – are important players in helping the body go through REM cycles. Research has also found that the better your sleep is, the better your sex life is, so it’s a lovely symbiotic relationship. (backgrounds have been changed)
6. Getting off can help your digestion
Yep, it’s that oxytocin again. The body is aaaall connected, and having increased oxytocin levels and lower levels of stress will mean your tummy works better, too. Congrats.
7. Orgasms aid muscle recovery
That’s thanks to the increased blood flow brought on by orgasm, and it’s why we recommend anyone training for a marathon spends some time having sex (alone or with a partner) on their rest days. Increased blood flow will ease aching muscles and help the body recover from exercise more quickly, so treat yourself to an orgasm post-workout.
8. An orgasm can help you avoid infections
The hormones triggered by blowing the old sex trumpet boost your immune system, increasing your body’s ability to make protective antibodies against bacteria and germs linked to common illnesses. That means that having plenty of orgasms will offer you some protection from getting sick, and will make your cold last a little less time than someone not buttering their crumpet. Of course, you can’t treat your body like rubbish, whack in a few sex sessions, and expect to never get sick again. No orgasm is powerful enough to counteract a terrible diet, a lack of sleep, and having vaccinations. But if a bug’s going round the office, it’s worth spending some time at home masturbating.
9. It’s good for your heart
When you have an orgasm, your peak heart rate tends to be the same as it would be during light exercise, such as walking upstairs. That’s nothing major, but it’s a little boost for your heart health. The physical exertion used to get you to orgasm helps, too.
Published in metro.co.uk by Ellen Scott