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As a women’s health practitioner, specializing in hormonal health, I’ve seen and helped hundreds of women in my virtual practice.
I’ve discovered that all of them share one thing in common—they’re overstressed, and it’s wreaking havoc on their hormonal health, which essentially affects all aspects of health.
One of my favorite self-care remedies that I recommend to my clients for destressing and bringing the body back into balance is something that is free and available to all.
The magnificent orgasm.
People are having less sex these days. And we can’t blame the current world situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as this trend has been brewing for some time. According to a 2017 study in Archives of Sexual Behavior, we’re having less sex than we did 10 years ago, and the younger Millennial and iGen generations are having the least amount of sex compared to all other age groups.
We should all be having more orgasms not just because it’s fun, but because it’s beneficial for our overall health. So whether we’re bringing ourselves to climax solo or with a partner, all that matters is that we’re getting regular doses of Vitamin O.
Besides being fun, here are 11 compelling reasons to have an orgasm:
1. Make us smarter.
Orgasms spike DHEA levels in the body and this hormone improves brain function. They also promote neurogenesis in the hippocampus, an area associated with learning and memory.
2. Better sleep.
An orgasm releases the feel-good hormones, called endorphins, that have a sedative effect, which can lead to better sleep and relaxation.
3. Fountain of youth.
Orgasms can make you look and feel younger thanks to spikes in DHEA, which is an anabolic hormone that helps repair and maintain tissue health, as well as promote healthy skin.
4. Reduce anxiety.
During an orgasm the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex switch off momentarily. Since these areas of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety, it allows for a moment to forget all of our worries.
5. Mood booster.
Orgasms activate the release of the mood-boosting neurochemicals, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine that make us feel elevated.
6. Help to control our junk food cravings.
Dopamine levels increase just before an orgasm, which helps to reduce our appetite, decreasing the desire for snacking.
Orgasms flush out the inflammatory hormone cortisol, thus promoting a state of calm.
8. Strengthen the immune system.
Sexual activity provides lymphatic massage, which supports the body’s natural detoxification process.
9. Alleviate cramps and headaches.
Orgasms boost levels of endorphins and corticosteroids that have an analgesic effect.
10. Regulate our menstrual cycle.
A series of studies have found that women who had sex at least once a week have more regular cycles than those who are abstinent. The women in the studies engaging in regular sex had an average cycle length of 29 days with three days of bleeding, whereas the participants who didn’t engage in regular sex were prone to shorter or longer cycle lengths.
11. Optimize fertility.
Sexual activity triggers physiological changes in the body that increase a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, largely because they help lower cortisol, which has a positive impact on our steroid hormones.
However, faking an orgasm does not reap the same rewards. Better communication with our partners, as well as self-exploration, will assist in experiencing the real deal.
And remember, you don’t need a partner to have an orgasm, but you’ll still get all the health benefits.