Orgasm, climax, “coming”, the Big O, getting off…these terms refer to you having a good romp in the hay with your beloved! However, when you stop to think about it, much do you really know about an orgasm?
While science has shown that a male orgasm is necessary for baby-making, not much is really known about the female orgasm. Nor is this topic discussed openly or celebrated enough!
The female orgasm is a magical, mysterious, often elusive and always wonderful thing. For the most part, we girls are just happy being on the receiving end of that “yes yes yeeeeeessssss” passion.
But did you know plenty of other amazing things are happening down south ― and all over your body ― while you’re umm…busy? Intrigued? Here are some fun facts to share with your spouse tonight before you get busy under the covers!
Fun fact #1: Orgasms relieve pain and keep your womb healthy
Then next time you have a headache, ditch the meds and grab your man instead. When you have an orgasm, natural chemicals such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released. These hormones not only make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, but they also boost your mood and induce pain-relieving sensations. In fact, they can also come in really handy when you have your period. Sounds gross to think of doing it when Aunt Flo’s in town, but an orgasm will contract your uterus and use up lipid compounds called prostaglandins, which cause menstrual cramps. While it has not been medically proven yet, some experts have also noted that the squeezing sensation of your uterus during an orgasm can flush out excess blood and clear out some of the other period-related debris and lining, which, if left, inside the cervix, can lead to endometriosis.
Fun fact #2: Orgasms come in very handy during childbirth
“What gets the baby in, gets the baby out,” points out doula and birth counselor Kate Dimpfl in a TEDx talk. “The hormones of birth and sex are identical, oxytocin which you probably know from that great orgasmic feeling…are also present in birth.” Not only does this hormone help relieve pain, but a surge in production can actually soften the cervix and help move things along. In her talk, Dimpfl, who is the owner of Holistic Childbirth, also mentions that when a woman’s labour stalls, oftentimes, medical professionals will ask the couple to kiss and do some nipple or clitoral stimulation to increase the contractions. “And it will also decrease your sense of pain with those contractions,” Dimpfl adds. So connected are these sensations that many women also admit to climaxing as they’re pushing their baby out.
“The hormones of birth and sex are identical, oxytocin which you probably know from that great orgasmic feeling…are also present in birth.”
Fun fact #3: You can have an orgasm anywhere, even at the gym.
Now that we know orgasms can happen during childbirth, did you know you can also have one at the gym? Exercise-induced orgasms actually exist and can be enjoyed by everyone at any age. “A full 10 per cent of women and men had experienced orgasm from exercising,” notes Dr Debbie Herbenick, who tells you how to achieve one by engaging certain muscle groups in her book, The Coregasm Workout. “It turns outs that exercise-induced arousal and orgasm are just part of how the human body works, they’re not necessarily about sex at all.” Say no more, Dr Herbenick, we’re sold. Now, where do we sign up for that gym membership?
Fun fact #4: Orgasms give you radiant skin
They don’t call it the afterglow for no reason. As you reach climax, your blood circulation increases and the body releases feel-good endorphins. When these two combine, the hormone-enriched blood that travels to the different parts of your body will also reach the surface of your skin and give you that au natural glow and flushed cheeks.
Some experts believe that the uterine contraction during a female orgasm has a force so strongthat it can thrust the sperm directly into the cervix, making it more likely for it to meet an egg and fertilise it.
Fun fact #5: An orgasm can boost your chances of conceiving
Sure, sex without the woman reaching climax can result in a baby too, but why not go for gold, especially since it can actually boost your baby-making success. Some experts believe that the uterine contraction during a female orgasm has a force so strong that it can thrust the sperm directly into the cervix, making it more likely for it to meet an egg and fertilise it.
Fun fact #6: Pregnancy orgasms are mind blowing
Your ever-expanding belly and swollen feet may put a damper on your boudoir action, but all those pregnancy hormones and excess blood production that’s supporting bubba’s growth is also making your lady parts more sensitive than ever…and well-lubricated as well. Not only are you super-horny, but sex during pregnancy can be much much more intense, thanks to all that extra blood flow. More blood flowing through your body, coupled with a boost in oxytocin production will also result in an earth-shattering finale. Don’t believe us? if you’re preggers, give it a shot tonight *wink wink*.
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