An orgasm is one of the most intense and pleasurable feelings of all human experiences. The word ‘orgasms’ comes from the Greek work orgasmos meaning ‘to swell’ or ‘be lustful’. We know that an orgasm isn’t necessary to reproduce, as women can get pregnant without orgasming and some men can even ejaculate without having an orgasm.
So, what is the purpose of an orgasm?
The theory is that because men orgasm a lot easier than women, being able to get a woman to orgasm involved a man who was caring, knowledgeable and sensitive to his partner’s needs. Therefore, the female orgasm evolved as way to select a mate, ensuring the woman’s long-term partner was sensitive to her needs and therefore would be a good provider to her and her offspring.
Whether orgasms evolved just for mate selection we don’t know but the one thing we do know is that they are incredibly good for your health and wellbeing!
Reduces Stress and Muscle Tension
When you orgasm the hormone oxytocin is released from the pituitary gland into the body. This hormone is the ultimate de-stressor. It reduces cortisol (stress hormone) production from the adrenal glands and releases muscle tension. That explains why you sleep so well after an orgasm!
Nourishes the Ovaries and the Uterus
Have you ever noticed in the lead up to an orgasm things down there start to swell or even darken in colour? In the build-up to an orgasm there is an increase in blood flow to ovaries, uterus and associated structures. This increased blood flow is so beneficial as it nourishes your reproductive organs with nutrient-rich blood and also gives them a bit of a detox as the blood removes any stagnant blood or waste materials. All this nourishing and detoxing helps keep your ovaries and reproductive organs in tip top shape and enhances your fertility. The ‘sex flush’ that some people get after sex can also be attributed to the increase in blood flow during sex.
Orgasms Make You Happier
The flood of oxytocin and feel-good hormones into your body after an orgasm gives you a natural high. If you are looking for a natural anti-depressant or an anti-anxiety remedy then an orgasm is your fix. Let’s face it: how can you be sad or anxious when you are in such a state of bliss?
Would you like to shake off a few extra kilos? Pounding the pavement doesn’t sound appealing? Well maybe all you need to do is jump in the sack for some love making. An orgasm is like a mini HIIT session as it increases your heart rate and assists with fat burning. Oxytocin released during an orgasm has shown to reduce the desire for food. So, mix up your exercise routine and add in an orgasm session to help you burn fat and lose weight.
Yes, you read correctly…orgasms help you live longer! Studies have shown that a healthy sexual relationship can increase your lifespan by up to 8 years. The oxytocin released during an orgasm helps to build relationships, closeness and trust, and studies have shown that people in close relationships are not only healthier but also live longer. So, grab your partner and start working on living longer the fun way (goodbye kale juice)!
Orgasms are, without a doubt, a source of pleasure. Whether you do them with someone else or by yourself, either way they are so much more beneficial for you than just the sense of fun. Make sure you schedule in an orgasm or two a week as part of your wellness plan. So, next time you are feeling stressed, don’t reach for that glass of wine, reach for your partner and beat stress one orgasm at a time. It is a great way to nourish your reproductive organs, lose weight and keep your happier and healthier.