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WHY ARE ORGASMS GOOD FOR YOU
Besides the obvious benefit of having an orgasm, the aftereffects of getting frisky have a major impact on your body and mind. Read on to find out the health benefits of having an orgasm.
You’ll Boost Your Immune System
Sex is the best way to prevent the common cold. Past research has shown that achieving an orgasm boosts your immune system, and a study showed that those who had sex once or twice a week had immunoglobulin levels 30 percent higher than those who were abstinent. Just maybe don’t have sex when you’re sick. Nobody wants to sneeze mid-romp and spread those germies around.
Your Pain Threshold Will Be Higher
Let’s face facts: It’s unlikely that you’re going to orgasm every single time you have sex. But here’s one reason to go for gold anyway: Having an orgasm produces a pain-blocking affect, so you won’t be as sensitive to pain (like when you accidentally stub your toe on the way to the bathroom. That said, there is one exception: Women who eat a diet high in spicy foods don’t always get the pain-blocking benefit because the capsaicin found in chili peppers prevents it from occurring. In other words, lay off the hot stuff.
You May Live Longer
A study conducted over the course of 10 years examined the relationship between the frequency of orgasm and mortality among middle-aged men, who were asked about their physical health in addition to the frequency of orgasms. At the 10-year follow-up, it was found that those who had two or more orgasms a week had a 50 percent lower mortality risk than those who had less-frequent orgasms. Studies that have since followed have shown a positive association between sexual intercourse and women’s longevity as well, so keep on keepin’ on.
You’ll Help Regulate Your Cycle
Several studies have linked regular sex—meaning once or twice a non-menstruating week—to more regular periods, along with relief from menstrual cramps when it’s that time of the month. Translation: Get busy now.
You’ll Feel Happier
No shocker here, though it’s always nice to have a little scientific research to back this up: People who regularly have sex, orgasm or not, are happier. Researchers looked at 4,000 women and examined their mood, sexuality, and menstrual cycle. They found strong links between sexual interest and an overall sense of well-being. And those who had higher senses of well-being also had a stronger sex drive and overall higher quality of life.
You Could Be More Likely to Conceive
For those trying to start a family, timing can play a crucial role: Women who have orgasms during sex, but after their male partners orgasm, retained more sperm than those who never hit the big O or hit it before their partner. Researchers say it likely has to do with the release of oxytocin that happens with an orgasm. But that’s not all, sex can also help create a healthy pregnancy overall, and has been proven to help more women carry to term.
You May Lose Weight
Frequent intercourse and sexual activity, whether with a partner or solo, has been connected to a smaller hip and waist circumference for both men and women. That also means getting busy can help lower your risk for serious health issues like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.