Do you want to protect against heart attack, sleep better and ease your headache?
Have more ORGASMS!
After climax the ‘love’ hormone oxytocin is released – promoting affection Orgasm acts as a natural anti-depressant as endorphins are released It increases blood flow to the skin resulting in a radiant post-coital glow
The earth seemingly shakes beneath you, your eyes glass over and your body tingles with pleasure. While orgasms undoubtedly feel amazing, they can also be good for you.
From boosting immunity, inducing a radiant glow to even protecting against heart disease, some doctors argue they are essential for health, happiness and wellbeing, Healthista reports.
Here, we reveal 12 reasons why you should prioritise sexual pleasure.
‘AN ORGASM A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY’
Don’t believe us – ask the NHS.
That was the title of a leaflet released to university students by the National Health Service claiming regular sex and masturbation was as important to overall health as their five-a-day.
Needless to say, ‘family groups’ were not impressed.
THE ONLY THING THAT STIMULATES A WOMAN’S BRAIN MORE IS A SEIZURE.
So found researchers late last year when they caused a You Tube sensation by filming for the first time, the female brain in the throes of orgasm.
The video, taken with the help of an MRI scanner and Nan Wise, a 54-year-old PhD student who stimulated herself ‘for my dissertation,’ shows – lucky us – 80 pleasurable areas of the brain lighting up during the orgasm.
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The evident fireworks start in the sensory cortex, the area related to the genitals but then quickly spread through the limbic system, involved in memory and emotion then finally, when orgasm arrives, causes the greatest spark in the hypothalamus which releases the powerful, bonding ‘love’ hormone, oxytocin.
THE COCAINE EFFECT
Few thrills rival orgasm, but cocaine and indeed, winning truckloads of cash come close, says Dr David Linden, New York neurologist and author of The Compass of Pleasure.
Dr Linden has scanned the brains of men, women, gay, straight and bi-sexual and found similar results across all sexes and orientations. ‘There is a pleasure circuit in the brain activated by orgasm,’ he says. The result is a surge in the feel-good reward chemical dopamine in the brain, the same chemical active in drug users pursuit of a fix. ‘It’s the reason sex and orgasm can become so addictive,’ says Dr Linden.
‘Winning money, drinking alcohol, taking cocaine, amphetamines and heroin all light up the very same pleasure circuit.’
THE LOVE DRUG
That post-orgasmic love-bomb feeling? It’s chemical too. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released during childbirth and breast-feeding and after orgasm it’s surging through both of your systems at high speed, underlying that warm, lingering afterglow. Bottled, it’s really is a love drug.
‘If you give people oxytocin in nasal sprays they are much more trusting and affectionate,’ says Dr Linden. But don’t be fooled by myths about men not feeling lovey-dovey after orgasm. ‘The oxytocin effect is the same in men and women,’ says Dr Linden.
BEAT THE BLUES
A soaring sexual moon landing beats the best anti-depressant drug there is. During orgasm, a cocktail of endorphins – also known as the brain’s natural opiates – is released from the brain including serotonin, the key ingredient in Prozac.
Another hormone release in the lead up to orgasm is prolactin, says Ashley Grossman, professor of Endocrinology at the University of Oxford.
‘This is the hormone that is active in breast-feeding women and has an overall calming effect.’
If you’re stressed before a meeting, you could do worse than getting getting busy that morning.
British researchers found that orgasms could lower blood pressure and stress levels for up to two weeks after the fact.
BETTER THAN VALIUM
It’s not only him that gets a surge of sleepiness after a bout of horizontal folk-dancing. Evidence shows even a quickie could help you sleep. The average female orgasm lasts just 25 seconds compared to 15 seconds in men and one study on 2,632 US women found that 39 per cent of those who masturbated did so in order to relax quickly.
No wonder women with insomnia are often advised to use a vibrator before bed.
STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Forget echinacea and vitamin C, more orgasms might result in fewer colds and flu. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of Immumnogobulin A or IgA, an antibodiy found in saliva and nasal linings that’s a factor in the immune system’s ability to fight bugs.
FOR GLOWING SKIN
The most stellar anti-ageing potion can’t beat that post-coital radiance.
Just ask Lady Gaga who last year credited ‘orgasms, lots of orgasms’ as her skin secret. The post-sex glow is a real phenomenon in about 75 per cent of women, says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Mervyn Patterson. ‘Orgasm causes increased blood flow to the skin because it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, causing blood vessels in the skin to open up, giving the face a flushed look,’ he said.
Having sex up to twice a week has been linked with higher levels of Immumnogobulin A or IgA, an antibodiy found in saliva and nasal linings that’s a factor in the immune system’s ability to fight bugs (file photo) This effect is evident even if you’re not the one doing all the work and are simply lying on your back, he explains. ‘Over time, regular orgasms can help the carrying around of nutrients in the blood to the skin,’ he said. But there’s more. In the lead up to orgasm, your body releases bucket loads of DHEA, an anti-ageing steroid hormone often sold in supplements and purported as the fountain of youth.
‘This is your body’s way of making it naturally,’ he says.
SORE HEAD? THIS WILL HELP, HONEST
You’ve curled up with a Jilly Cooper having played the headache card and he is spooning you and telling you, ‘Honey, this will help.’ The man is clearly up on his scientific research.
According to Dr Beverly Whipple, the neurophysicist who discovered the G-spot in the late seventies (for the record, it’s on the front wall of the vagina, 5cm from the entrance), women who stimulated this area to orgasm increased their pain threshold by 107 per cent. Plus, one study of 83 women with migraine found that over half experienced relief from pain after the big O.
Of course, IVF proves babies can be made without any sex at all.
But according to two British biologists, Robin Baker and Mark Bellis, having an orgasm might help baby-making along. The intrepid researchers discovered what they termed the ‘upsuck theory’. That’s when a woman climaxes any time between a minute to 45 minutes after her love ejaculates, she retains significantly more sperm than she does after non-orgasmic sex.
‘Though it’s not confirmed, the theory is that orgasm produces rhythmic contractions of the uterus that pump the sperm up into it making conception more likely,’ says Professor Grossman.
GOOD FOR THE HEART
‘If you don’t want to have a heart attack, have an orgasm,’ is the advice of Dr Lisa Turner, Britain’s first and only Orgasm Coach (yes, that’s a thing). A study in Israel found that women with higher incidence of heart disease had fewer orgasms and vice versa,’ she says.
‘People who have more orgasms feel better about themselves generally.’
WHY HIGH HEELS CAN BE ORGASMIC
When shoe deity Christian Louboutin claimed high heels could give you orgasms, he invited endless column inches. From the sublime to the ridiculous, even reality TV sex siren Natasha Giggs recently admitted to feeling hornier the moment she put on a pair of the maestro’s creations. So, Italian urologist Dr Maria Cerruto set out to test the theory on 66 women and found high heels ‘directly work the pleasure muscles (pelvic floor) which are linked to orgasm’.
Fact or just friction, we can’t be certain but it’s definitely worth a shot – anything for new shoes.
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