January is self love month and while face masks and massages are nice, nothing beats a good old fashioned orgasm for making you feel on top of the world.
Orgasms feel amazing, sure, but did you know that regular orgasms are good for your overall health? Both mental and physical health are improved when we make sure to add orgasms to our self-care routine. Orgasms release a whole chemical party in your body that are hugely beneficial both short term and in the long run, so let’s take a look at the top 8 reasons why self love is a crucial part of self care.
ORGASMS CAN HELP RELIEVE STRESS
Mental and physical health are intimately connected. When you orgasm, your body releases a rush of oxytocin which is the feel-good hormone that promotes warmth and relaxation. You also get a rush of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that can bring about positive feelings, and dopamine which is the pleasure, desire, and motivation chemical. And, to top it all off, orgasms will lower your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, giving you all kinds of mental and physical benefits.
YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU
By increasing blood and oxygen flow to your body, orgasms have the short-term benefit of giving you a healthy glow, but the long-term benefits are even better. By releasing oxytocin (the pleasure hormone) and decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone), regular orgasms over time can help decrease the physical symptoms of stress such as rashes and acne.
SELF-LOVE HELPS BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Another amazing chemical released by orgasms is DHEA which is a hormone that helps to balance your immune system, assists in repairing damaged tissue, and promotes bone health
ORGASMS HELP WITH MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
A common symptom of menopause and the years leading up to it (perimenopause) is vaginal dryness and discomfort. Staying sexually active with regular orgasms helps increase blood flow to the vagina which prompts more lubrication and keeps those delicate tissues healthy. For even further benefits, try using internal toys such as dildos or vibrators to help maintain vaginal elasticity.
PROSTATE HEALTH IS LINKED TO REGULAR ORGASMS
Studies are now showing that ejaculation releases toxins from the body and helps promote prostate health, decreasing the risk of prostate cancer, particularly in anybody over 55. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that it doesn’t matter if climax is achieved through intercourse or masturbation. “High ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer.”
YOUR BRAIN GETS A WORKOUT
Studies are now showing that folks who are sexually active into their senior years score higher on cognitive tests evaluating areas such as memory and verbal fluency. (2017 The Journals of Gerontology). Cognitive psychologist Kayt Sukel suggests that the dramatic increase in blood flow across the brain during orgasm may have evolved in humans to help keep our brains healthy.
ORGASMS ARE A NATURAL PAIN KILLER
Some of the same chemicals that help relieve stress also help relieve pain, including menstrual cramps and headaches, so try some self-pleasure next time you’re tempted to reach for the Tylenol. The release of oxytocin, endorphins and corticosteroids all help to block pain receptors. A study by famed sexologist and Rutgers University professor Beverly Whipple showed that when women masturbated to orgasm “the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased significantly by 74.6 percent and 106.7 percent, respectively.”
YOU MAY GET BETTER SLEEP
If you are familiar with that feeling of wanting to just roll over and sleep after an orgasm, that is due to the rush of the hormone prolactin we get afterwards. Prolactin helps you get to sleep faster, while oxytocin and vasopressin also released by orgasms helps you sleep more soundly.
Reprinted by permission from our sister site Betty's Toy Box
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