Orgasm-ic: the benefits of the big 'O'
Oh! Oh! Ohhhhh! That’s right beauties, we’re talking about the big ‘O’ – orgasms! It’s no revelation that orgasms make us feel amazing but you might be surprised to learn that an orgasm has many more benefits besides the pleasure-factor. Just another reason for us to feel good about feeling good…
Women who enjoy regular orgasms report suffering less irritability and mood swings. That’s because an orgasm causes the release of happy hormones in our brains and regular orgasms mean regular ‘happy’ top-ups!
Any woman who has had a mind-blowing orgasm knows that the old ‘Sorry honey, I’ve got a headache tonight’ excuse is not a valid one. That’s because the hormones involved in an orgasm actually act as natural pain relievers, dampening - or in some cases even healing the pain of a headache.
One of the best health benefits of having an orgasm is its effect on our physical health. The increase in heart rate in the lead-up to orgasm has been compared by many to an aerobic workout, and the average sex session is estimated to burn around 200 calories – that’s more than an entire Mars Bar!
The great thing about an orgasm is, you don’t need a man to get one! However if you do have a partner, having an orgasm during sex with your other half can increase bonding between the two of you. That’s because orgasms release the powerful bonding hormone oxytocin, which is the same hormone shared between newborn babies and their mothers.
A good night’s rest
Orgasms can act as natural sleep aids as they cause a flooding release of hormones that can have an extremely calming, tranquilising effect on the body, so a bit of the big ‘O’ is never a bad thing before bed time…