Obviously sex is objectively pretty awesome. A good romp can be utterly life changing. And that sex doesn’t always have to mean intercourse—hand sex, oral sex, intercourse, and everything in between are all wonderful forms of sexual expression.
Why? Orgasms—AKA the best thing in the world. That’s a fact (maybe don’t Google it though...).
Orgasms not only feel freaking amazing, they do a lot of fabulous things to your body. We’re not joking. They can, like, make headaches go away and get rid of period cramps.
We know, we know. Like you need another excuse to get off. Just in case you do, here are all the magical things that orgasms (and sex) can do for you.
Orgasm can reduce headaches (and all kinds of other pain)
Orgasm has been shown to relieve pain from everything from headaches to hangovers. When you have an orgasm, your brain is flooded with feel-good chemicals. All of the bodies natural happy hormones disperse into the body. Hence that magical post-sex afterglow feeling.
Most notably on the pain front is oxytocin. Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that relieves pain.
When you’re hungover as hell after a night out with the girls, it might be a good idea to ask your partner for some oral sex … or at least break out the magic wand. Whatever is causing your headache, orgasms are kind of a must.
It can reduce prostate cancer in men
The prostate is a gland located about two to three inches inside of the anus. It creates prostate fluid, one of the main components of semen. If the prostate doesn’t release its fluid, it can become stagnant, which raises the chance of prosthesis and prostate cancer. It just isn’t good for the body. It has to go!
Studies have shown that having regular orgasms can help lower your risk of prostate cancer. When men have an orgasm, they release the prostate fluid, helping to keep the gland healthy and happy.
Orgasms takes care period cramps
This is especially true for cramps during PMS. If you’re in pain from your oncoming period, try masturbating. That wonderful oxytocin has been shown to greatly reduce period cramps. Can we get a heck yes?!
Intercourse has also been shown to relieve cramps, especially when an orgasm is involved. For some reason penetration (and clitoral stimulation), reduces period cramps and we’re not here to question it. So, if you’re into period sex, lay down a towel and get busy because cramps are the devil.
Orgasm can relieve the hiccups
We’d probably take period cramping over the hiccups, to be honest. The hiccups are hell. Well, it turns out orgasm can actually help take care of those pesky, awful hiccups. Anyone who has ever had the hiccups (aka: all of us) knows that they ruin everything and should be lit on fire and banished to the underworld.
Anyway. In one study, hiccups lasted through the sexual encounter, only to cease completely at the moment of orgasm. The logic behind it? Apparently it’s the same theory as scaring someone out of the hiccups. When you orgasm, you’re so momentarily distracted that the hiccups simple cease. Pretty cool stuff.
The big O can help with morning sickness
Studies have shown that ingesting semen can help reduce the effects of morning sickness. Apparently the body sees male sperm as an infection, which is why you get sick in the first place.
Ironically, semen is what got you into this precarious position in the first place. What a situation! There is something so bizarrely weird about this, but we are here for it. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, have your partner (if your partner is someone with a penis) ejaculate in your mouth.
That may not sound appetizing when you’re already on your way to Hurl Town, but hey, science.
It rids you of migraines
The reason migraines happen is unclear. Most medical professionals believe it has to do with inflamed blood vessels in the brain, but the research is rather murky. They are the most painful, nausea inducing, horrible kind of headaches. They don’t even deserve to be called headaches because they are so miserable. They should have their own definition.
Yet, having an orgasm might actually help with the pain?
In one study, sex was seen as a tool for distraction and relaxation, helping to alleviate some of the migraine patient’s pain. Of course, the idea of having sex when you have a migraine sounds … kind of horrible. But, if it’s going to help you feel better, maybe you should give it a go.