We all know the old adage that “an apple a day will keep the doctor away” but did you know that there are health benefits associated with having orgasms? Scientific research is proving that orgasms are not only pleasurable but are good for our health and longevity.
So, what are some of the health benefits from having a “Big O?”
- Stress Reduction: An orgasm is a total body event, not just a pelvic event. The release of accumulated sexual tension results in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region that produces intensely pleasurable sensations and rapid relaxation throughout the entire body.
- Improved Sleep: Orgasms release endorphins which have a calming, sedating effect on the body. After orgasm, blood pressure drops and your body is calmed which leads to a relaxed state where sleep can occur.
- Pain Reduction: Orgasms cause the release of oxytocin, a natural opiate that is a powerful analgesic. Pain from menstrual cramps, arthritis and headaches can be eased by orgasm. Oxytocin and endorphins that are released during sex can raise your tolerance to pain by as much as 70%!
- Alleviate Depression: Oxytocin and endorphins not only reduce pain but have a positive effect on mood and improve our overall sense of wellbeing.
- Boost Immunity: Orgasms release DHEA, a powerful chemical that helps keep the immune system optimized. Research shows that people who orgasm frequently have 30% more immunoglobin A, an antibody known to improve the immune system.
How many orgasms do we need to have in order to reap these health benefits? Researchers at Duke University recommend 200 orgasms a year which breaks down to about 4 orgasms a week. Fortunately, there is no difference between orgasms achieved with a partner or if you’re flying solo. It’s not important how you achieve orgasm, what’s important is that you have one (or multiples!).
If you find yourself having difficulty achieving orgasm or believe you’ve never experienced an orgasm, contact us. We can help you.