Getting off. The big O. La petite mort. Climaxing. There are plenty of euphemisms for orgasming, and we don’t need to give you more reasons to chase the almighty O — it’s human nature.
But orgasms do more than simply curl your toes and make you feel good — they have several impressive health benefits too! Read on to find out why all of us should be having more orgasms in 2020.
Orgasm your way to a better night’s sleep
Ever wonder why you always feel so tired after sleep? Beyond simply being exhausted from a vigorous session of lovemaking, it’s also down to your orgasm too.
Orgasms are an excellent aid to sleep. Just like when you exercise, climaxing makes your body release a number of positive chemicals including oxytocin, prolactin, and of course everyone’s favourite feel-good hormone, serotonin.
These are all proven to help you drift off and have a better night’s sleep. So next time you fall asleep immediately after sex, you’ve got a ready-made excuse!
De-stress the sexual way
Feeling tense? Orgasms are also powerful at combating and reducing stress levels too.
As mentioned earlier, when you orgasm, you release the feel-good hormone serotonin. This helps balance your mood, bring down high blood pressure, and reduce stress levels for a prolonged period after you climax.
While your orgasm might be over in a few seconds, this means the stress-combating benefits of it last and last. If you’re ever feeling stressed-out, a little self-loving might be the perfect solution…
Sexual healing — literally
Orgasms aren’t just great for your mood — they also do wonders for your body health too.
Research suggests that orgasms reduce the risk of a number of health conditions, such as prostate cancer and heart attacks. One study found that men who got busy at least twice a week halved their chance of having a heart attack.
And it’s not just the guys who benefit either! An Israeli study found that women who enjoyed la petite mort twice a week were 30% less likely to develop heart disease than less sexually-active women.
So how does this work? Well, when you climax, your body releases steroids into the bloodstream. These steroids reduce the risk of the onset of heart conditions and help keep your ticker ticking on time.
Boost your immune system with a ménage à moi
Stuck up in bed with a cold or flu? Why not make the most of your time under the covers and help boost your immune system into the bargain?
Making the beast with two backs one or two times a week has been proven to boost your body’s levels of immunoglobulin. While the name isn’t that sexy, this important antibody actually helps your body fight off a number of infections, including the common cold.
Researchers found that the levels of immunoglobulin were at their highest in couples who had sex several times a week but lower in individuals who had no sex at all. So if you’re feeling ill and want to boost your immune system, adding a few notches to your bedpost could be the answer!
Banish headaches with a bash of the bishop
Tired of migraines? Tried everything under the sun to get rid of them? The answer might have been in front of you the whole time…
Yes, orgasms are a surprisingly effective natural salve for headaches too!
Migraine sufferers often find that orgasming makes a migraine less intense. The effect also applies to sufferers of cluster headaches. For those individuals, many find that headaches lessen in intensity significantly after hitting that sweet spot. Can we get this on prescription, please?
Chase that after-sex glow
Tired of spending all your money on expensive anti-ageing cream and snake oil with dubious results? Treat yourself to an orgasm or two!
As well as being far, far cheaper than any anti-ageing cream, orgasms can also boost your appearance and smooth out your skin too.
When we climax, the increase in blood flow to the skin opens up our blood vessels. This helps spread vital nutrients, which in turn gives our facial complexion that ‘glowing’ look. So yes, that after-sex glow is a real thing, and this is why.
As if you needed more reasons to have more orgasms in your life, climaxing gives you plenty of health benefits beyond a good mood. They’re great for reducing stress, improving your sleep, keeping your body in working order, and making you look good too. In short: keep chasing that big O!