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9 health benefits of an orgasm
Orgasms… How can something so enjoyable be good for us? There is a mindset that we all experience that dictates that all things nice must be bad. But unlike that extra glass of wine, or a fatty steak, orgasms are no longer perceived to be guilty pleasures. Researchers and physicians have finally come to the conclusion that sex and orgasms are good for body, mind and soul.
Here are 9 reasons to heat things up this winter…
1. Relieves stress
The relaxation that typically follows orgasm is often one of the few times people actually allow themselves to completely relax and to let go of the day’s stresses. In the afterglow of an orgasm it’s usually impossible to focus on distracting thoughts. Oxytocin, the bonding, sleepy hormone, floods your body one minute after orgasm making you awash in calm.
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2. Helps you sleep better
Why do men fall asleep almost immediately following an orgasm? They usually experience a quick drop in blood pressure and then fall into sudden relaxation. For women the effect is more progressive but just as powerful. Consider orgasm as your own personal tranquilizer – throw the sleeping tablets away and overcome insomnia by letting the joyful release of endorphins take over and calm your body and mind.
3. Boosts your immune system
An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away! When you orgasm DHEA is released and Dr. Theresa Crenshaw author of The Alchemy of Love and Lust says, “DHEA may be the most powerful chemical in our personal world. It helps balance the immune system, improves cognition, promotes bone growth, and maintains and repairs tissues, keeping your skin healthy and supple. It can mean less frequent colds and flu.” In fact, Wilkes University in Pennsylvania says those who have sex once or twice a week show 30% higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system.
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4. Reduces depression and improves your mood
Many hormones are positively affected by the act of sex and orgasm, which can lead to a lighter mood. Another theory is proposed by psychologist Gordon Gallup who states that Prostaglandin, a hormone found only in semen (which upon being absorbed in the female genital tract) may have led to 30% more of his female study participants to report feeling happier than the participants who didn’t have men ejaculate inside of them. So, he can apparently make you feel happy inside and out.
6. Strengthens your body
Muscle contraction as a form of exercise is generally good for any muscle. The muscle contraction associated with orgasm can also address issues such as erection problems and incontinence. When 178 Belgian men with minor erection problems participated in a four month daily rehabilitation program which primarily focused on Kegel exercises, 74% showed improvement and 43% reported they were cured. For women, Kegels strengthen the entire uro-genital tract which prevents the onset of incontinence.
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7. Alleviates pain
Orgasm has been linked with decreased pain with menstrual cramps, migraine and a general increase of pain threshold. Because of natural opiates, sex and specifically orgasm become a powerful analgesic, elevating the pain threshold. Now that’s a prescription everyone can follow.
7. Reduces your risk of heart disease
It’s simple — by having and orgasm three or more times a week, individuals reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke by half. Heart attack rates were found to be much higher with women who didn’t have orgasms.
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8. Helps you lose weight
There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. For every 3500 calories you burn you will lose one pound of fat. Sexual intercourse burns approximately 150 calories per half hour. In comparison, yoga uses 114 calories per half hour, dancing 129, walking at 6km/ ph 153, weight training 153, volleyball 174. The pulse rate, in an aroused person, rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort.
9. Decreased risk of cancer
Higher oxytocin and DHEA hormone levels released with orgasm were linked with decreased rates of breast cancer. And men who had an orgasm (ejaculation) more often were found to have lower levels of prostate cancer.
Live long and prosper with lots of orgasms!