Recent research may show facts that may make our male counterparts jealous: according to some experts women are capable of having (at least) 11 different types of orgasms.
This article was originally published in December 2014 by Natasha Turner.
There are many health benefits of orgasms outside of the realm of pleasure. They affect both male and female so don’t get so jealous guys….
1. Orgasms help us sleep better
Oxytocin’s ability to reduce our cortisol levels may create an overall feeling of relaxation and even sleepiness for some. Vasopressin, another chemical.
If you’re frustrated that your partner goes into snooze mode immediately after the act, you may want to rethink what it means and just join them instead. The tendency to fall asleep first after sex is also associated with greater partner desire for bonding and affection.
2. Orgasms offer powerful pain relief.
Some studies suggest that a good orgasm can more than double a woman’s tolerance for pain. Plus, it’s an analgesic, not an anesthetic, meaning it suppresses pain without affecting sensitivity to touch — a critical ingredient when sex is on the menu with sleep, is also released during orgasm. Because of oxytocin’s location in an area of the brain that is essential in regulating sleep and arousal, it may play a role in influencing sleepiness.
3. You may boost testosterone levels
Although it’s commonly said that you need testosterone to have a libido, it also works the other way around. Sexual function is a lot like lean muscle — if we don’t use it, we lose it, along with the hormonal benefits that come with it.
The jury’s out on whether orgasms themselves cause a spike in testosterone, though many studies have shown increased testosterone in women after sex, with some pointing to an association between testosterone, orgasming, sexual desire, and relationship commitment in women. When present in the proper balance, these hormones add fire to sexual desire, give us more sex appeal, improve mood and memory and can even (again) prevent abdominal fat.
4. Enjoy an enhanced sense of smell
An orgasm also releases a hormone called prolactin, which causes stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the brain’s olfactory bulb (or smell centre). In women, prolactin is known to surge after sex, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
While research shows that the magnitude of prolactin-increase following intercourse is 400 percent greater than that following masturbation, you can still reap the benefits on your own. Remember, the greater the prolactin surge, the more satiating the orgasm.
To go back on the sleep topic for a moment, it’s also interesting to note that prolactin levels are naturally higher during sleep — another reason getting busy can help you turn the lights out at night.
5. They can beat Stress and improve your social life
Most of us know that a healthy sex life can help beat stress. There are even more great benefits of oxytocin such as lowering blood pressure and even improving digestion — which often goes to the wayside during times of stress.
A study from Concordia also shows that oxytocin makes you feel more social, enhances your trust and improves your bond with others.
6. Orgasms keep your girly parts healthy.
The extra stimulation causes blood to rush into the genital tissue, keeping it supple and refreshed. For best results, have an orgasm at least once a week. Is it that time of the month? Studies show that having orgasms while Aunt Flo is in town actually protects against endometriosis, a potentially dangerous uterine condition that can lead to infertility.
7. Orgasms can lower blood pressure
A Sexual activity and orgasm are shown to reduce stress due to the surge of oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone,” that occurs with orgasm. What’s more, studies show that orgasms lower blood pressure levels — at least among women — and high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks.
8. Orgasms can help you stay in shape and lose weight.
Getting busy for 30 minutes not only heats up your honey, but it also burns calories. In fact, according to some estimates, you can torch up to 200 calories with a hot and heavy half-hour session.