#1 Orgasm benefit: Help treat migraines
Of course, having acute headaches or even migraine attacks is unlikely to put you in the mood for sex. However, a University of Münster study discovered orgasms can actually relieve headache symptoms. According to the study, solo or partnered sex helped relieve headache pain for 6 out of every 10 migraine patients. While it might not be as reliable as headache tablets, it’s definitely…ABSOLUTELY still worth a try, right?
#2 Orgasm benefit: Reduce stress
Dr. James Couch, an American neurologist from Oklahoma University, found that orgasms release endorphins, which in turn help reduce the effects of stress. The reason? Once endorphins are released, the concentration of the stress-related hormone cortisol is decreased.
#3 Orgasm benefit: Improve the quality of your sleep
Just as orgasms and sex can lower stress levels, your quality of sleep can be improved as well. Authors Barry Komisaruk and Beverly Whipple explain the connection in their book, The Orgasm Answer Guide. They cite studies that find 32% of women who masturbate do so before sleeping in order to fall asleep more easily.
# 4 Orgasm benefit: Strengthen your immune system
Zurich scientists recently discovered this after examining CIS gendered men before and after orgasms. The result: after an orgasm, there are twice as many “natural killer cells” in blood. These are part of the innate immune system in humans with the task of destroying degenerated tumor cells, as well as cells that have been attacked by viral agents.
Additionally, a long-term study out of the US came to a similar conclusion that orgasms improve the immune system. Having sex 2 to 3 times a week helps increase the concentration of certain antibodies in saliva.
# 5 Orgasm benefit: Fountain of youth
This is according to the psychologist Dr. David Weeks. He states that regular sex and, above all, orgasms are supposed to make people look up to 7 years younger. The reason? During masturbation, partnered sex and orgasms, blood vessels expand. As this happens, more blood is transported in the bloodstream. Oxygen actually has a similar effect to collagen. In short, orgasms can help improve the appearance of your skin.
#6 Orgasm benefit: Decrease menstrual pain
A 3 month study conducted by Womanizer and Lunette on the effects of masturbation on period pain resulted in 90% of participants recommending masturbation as an effective way to combat menstrual pain! Orgasms release a rush of dopamine and seratonin to help decrease pain. This also helps with mood elevation and decreases irritability. Check out the full report here.
#7 Orgasm benefit: May decrease risk of prostrate cancer
For people with a penis, studies suggest there may be a correlation between regular ejaculation and a lowered risk of prostrate cancer. The reason? One theory is that clearing away old semen in the prostrate regularly helps keep it from turning carcinogenic.
There you are…seven reasons to climax and have regular solo or partnered sex. The health benefits of orgasms coupled with the sheer pleasure of deeply satisfying, intimate play make for a quality of life we can benefit from! For more information, read on to learn how an active sex life can make you a happier, healthier person.