5 Things You Don’t Know About Orgasms

African American woman in bed sexyDon’t be shy. Orgasms are just as important for your health as flossing your teeth. In fact, the more comfortable you become with your body and understand how to achieve the “Big O,” you will find that it also becomes easier to have one. Check out these interesting facts about orgasms below.

1. They are great for pain relief. 

Is your head hurting? Before you go running to the medicine cabinet, grab your partner and turn the heat up in the bedroom. Research suggests that sexual activity can actually reduce pain, including pain from ailments such as arthritis. Nurse practitioner Lisa Stern RN says, “This is largely due to the body’s release of a chemical called oxytocin during orgasm. Oxytocin facilitates bonding, relaxation and other positive emotional states.” Although the sexual pain relief might be temporary, it’s worth the fun you have before it wears off. Studies even suggest that just the thought of sex can temporarily relieve pain. So start up that imagination!

2. Orgasms aren’t affected by condoms.

Next time a guy tries to trick you into believing “it just doesn’t feel the same,” remind him the orgasm will! The same goes for the ladies. According to Dr. Debby Herbenick, a research scientist at Indiana University and author of Because it Feels Good, “Women are equally likely to experience orgasm with or without a condom, dispelling myths that condoms don’t make for good sex. In fact, condoms may help a couple spend more time having sex, as a man doesn’t have to ‘pull out’ quickly if he’s worried about ejaculating too soon.”

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