Julien L. Balmer

Why Orgasms Are Good For You, According To Science

Have you ever had such a stressful week that it started screwing with your physical health?

I'm talking headaches, backaches, nausea, random crying fits and overall exhaustion.

That was me a few days ago, and my symptoms got so bad that I had to make an emergency appointment with the therapist.

I called up my doc, and the first question she asked me was, "When's the last time you had sex?"

Sex? Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME, JANET?

I don't have time for sex! I'm too stressed out!

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Even the idea of being touched made me want to hurl.

But my doctor insisted sex could be a fantastic cure for the stress-related pain my body was experiencing. So, I decided to give it a shot since — let's face it — my relationship also severely needed a little TLC.

Admittedly, it was strange to ask my boyfriend in a completely emotionless way to somehow miracle fuck me back to health. But, he was down.

Strangely enough, a few orgasms later, my headache was gone, I was laughing again and I had more energy than I had felt since, well, my last orgasm.

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Even the physical aches and pains I'd been experiencing had disappeared.

I slept better that night than I had in weeks, and I did so without the aid of my nightly melatonin dose (10 milligrams, which is far too high TBH).

I had to ask myself, "Are orgasms an actual cure for stress?"

According to science, oxytocin increases right before your orgasm, and this “love hormone” is associated with deep relaxation and compassion, which explains why sex often leads to a deep and restful sleep.

Past research has shown that having an orgasm increases blood flow, reduces chronic pain, improves your immune system and can even lengthen your life span.

Regular sexual intercourse also reduces the stress response in the brain because while oxytocin levels rise during sexual arousal, cortisol, the stress hormone, decreases.

Don't have a partner around? NO PROBLEM.

You don't need a partner to gain all the health benefits that sex can give you.

Studies show that exposure to erotic materials can lower levels of this stress hormone, so if you're too tired to get it on, watching a Ryan Gosling take his shirt off in that scene with Emma Stone from "Crazy, Sexy Love" will do it.

Also, porn will definitely do the trick.

With all these orgasmic health benefits, there's no reason you shouldn't be getting off more often.