Updated: Mar 24, 2021
Orgasms are fun – there’s no doubting that. What you might not know is that they’re also good for you! The hormones released during orgasm bring a wealth of benefits to your health that go beyond just feeling amazing… They boost your immune system, make you happier, relieve pain AND have anti-ageing properties.
If you could bottle these benefits we’d all stock up, right? So what are you waiting for?
Orgasms... boost your immune system
According to research from Wilkes University, people who have sex twice a week release 30% more of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which helps protect the body from infections and illnesses. “IgA is the first line of defence against colds and flu,” says Carl Charnetski of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre.
Sex also boosts self-esteem and strengthens relationships – improving general wellbeing, which is a factor in predicting life expectancy. So it can even make you live longer!
It also helps ward off competition… as men and women are more likely to stay faithful to their partner if they have regular orgasms. The power of oxytocin – a chemical (the 'love hormone') which releases the feelings of togetherness, bonding and attachment – leaves those who experience a surge in this hormone regularly feeling more committed to their partner.
An extra benefit for men is that frequent ejaculations reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life. According to the British Journal of Urology International, men who ejaculate five or more times a week, had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Orgasms... Improve your mental health
Any amateur sex toy historian (yes we exist!) will tell you that vibrators were first designed for health reasons, one being for doctors to treat ‘hysteria’… While we take these things into our own hands these days, it has in fact been proven that people who have regular orgasms are generally more relaxed, less depressed and mentally, physically and emotionally satisfied. But you probably didn’t need us to tell you that!
Regular orgasms help relieve tension in the body, which encourages the brain to produce serotonin - the chemical that gives the body a 'mood lift’. The amygdala, the part of the brain associated with fear and anxiety, is blocked when the body climaxes, helping general mental awareness.
It can also help you sleep better (which ultimately makes us happier) as it releases neurochemicals, like endorphins, which have sedative effects on the body. Now those post-sex naps all make sense...
Orgasms... Relieve pain
Orgasms release a surge of the hormone oxytocin, which increases the level of endorphins that acts like natural pain relief. Oxytocin is also released from the nerve cells into the hypothalamus (a region of the brain) into the bloodstream which stimulates feelings of warmth and relaxation – that post-orgasm ‘glow’ we all know so well.
Many notice their aches and pains, like swelling, inflammation and headaches disappear after sex and gradually improve with regular action. It’s the most fun way to deal with period cramps, that’s for sure.
Wand vibrators were originally designed as muscle massagers that could help ease pain and relieve muscle tension (though surely they knew what we’d really use them for…), so why not kill two birds with one stone and treat yourself to a massage AND an orgasm? It’s just good economics surely?
Orgasms... Keep you young
Regular sex releases a plethora of chemicals into the body, also known as the ’happy hormones’, including testosterone. As we age, the level of testosterone decreases, so the more sex you have, the more your hormone levels increases.
This surge of hormones helps keep bones and muscles healthy - plus it keeps skin looking plump and youthful. During sex, blood flows through your body more quickly, including your face – the oxygen in this blood stimulates collagen production, which reduces wrinkles and dryness. The best (and cheapest) kind of facial we can think of!
Vibrating love eggs and jiggle balls combine sexual pleasure with strengthening your kegel muscles, keeping your pelvic floor nice and strong, as it can lose tone as you get older. Having a toned pelvic floor makes for stronger orgasms too, so it can be your new favourite exercise…
So, as well as being the most fun you can have for free, you’re actually doing yourself all kinds of good by enjoying your body either on your own or with a partner. Self-love just got a whole new meaning!