Whether you achieve The Big “O” by yourself or with a partner, orgasms feel good. But there are many other reasons why you might consider having more. From the mental benefits to the physical, introducing regular orgasms into your life is sure to be a positive.
1 — Orgasms provide relief from depression and anxiety
Yup! The facts are in. This may not come as a surprise, as roughly 3 in 4 adults have experienced anxiety by the end of their college years. When you orgasm, your body releases oxytocin, which gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling. Of course, oxytocin also relieves more temporary stress.
2 — Oxytocin and endorphins reduce pain
Not only do these orgasm-induced hormone releases help make you feel better mentally, they also help with physical pain! From surgery, to even arthritis, climaxing is an idea to entertain. And yes, it’ll even help your menstrual cramps. Don’t let Aunt Flo get you down!
3 — Climax helps keep you regular
Speaking of menstruation… Having more orgasms can help keep your cycle more regular which we can all agree is a huge plus.
4 — Come here, and keep by your partner’s side
Oxytocin is kind of a magic hormone. It is often called the “love hormone” because it is released when you are cuddling with someone, and also makes you both feel good. Fun fact: oxytocin is the hormone released during breastfeeding, in order to strengthen the bond between parent and child.
5 — Keep climaxing, keep looking young
Blood flow to the skin is increased when you orgasm, as the parasympathetic nervous system allows your blood vessels to open up. That flushed look during afterglow isn’t just an old euphemism for looking young after all.
6 — More orgasms, less risk for heart disease
In case you’re not convinced yet, there are plenty of health benefits for orgasming. The release of oxytocin, coupled with any partnered sex you may be engaging in, lowers blood pressure. For those who have sex and orgasm more frequently, the risk of heart disease is thus reduced.
7 — More orgasms, better immune system
Sex and orgasm stimulate the lymphatic system, and your body creates more antibodies. An apple a day? Try an “O” a day!
8 — Reduced cancer risk, too
Oxytocin helps regulate the secretion of a stress hormone known as “prolactin.” Too much prolactin means an increased risk of breast cancer, brain tumors, and even leukemia. Your future is in your– and your partner’s / partners’ hands.
9 — Remember to have more orgasms
By increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain, and in particular the hippocampus, your memory can improve. The hippocampus is key in encoding new memories into both short- and long-term storage.
10 — Rest easy afterwards
Not only do orgasms help you feel and look better, while optimizing your health down the road, they can do good just tonight, too. In fact, some find reaching orgasm before bed even more effective than sleeping pills. Author’s note: this is the reason I started masturbating!
It can be a hike to get to the peak of your pleasure, but it can be so worth the journey. Have fun, and have too much fun, but always remember to be safe. Wash your hands before masturbating, and use barriers such as condoms on genitals and any shared toys during sex.
If you have trouble reaching orgasm, know you are not alone. Some medications have reduced sexual arousal or drive as a side effect; always talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
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