Women should have more orgasms, says doctor
LAST week I went to the doctor. Nothing was particularly wrong with me, but lately I have been trying to take stock of my health.
I have gained weight and have been feeling sluggish so I made an appointment. I was hoping the answer to my problems had nothing to do with my Netflix addiction, but it turns out "Netflix and chill" might be the solution.
I have moved around quite a lot for work so the doctors I've seen in the past have always been whoever can fit me in at the last minute and they've typically been male and barely spoken a word to me as they filled out my medical certificate for work.
So I was excited to see a woman doctor come towards me beaming. I felt stupid as I sat down and realised I had no real reason for being there but I explained that I just wanted a check-up, she seemed totally on board with it.
She did all the medical stuff first, checking everything, and then we spoke about how my work hours in breakfast radio have left me feeling sluggish. I also briefly mentioned that I had felt a bit stressed recently and had bad period pain. What she said next made me raise an eyebrow.
She looked at me and said you should try to have more orgasms.
I was shocked!
She told me it really helps with stress reduction and can help with period pain (she then went on to explain some medical reasons behind it that I instantly forgot).
As soon as I left I did some of my own research, and by that I mean I googled a bunch of stuff and it turns out my doctor really knows what she's talking about.
As soon as I typed in "do orgasms help your health" countless articles and studies came up.
I read about research by scientists in the Netherlands that found that when women experience an orgasm, the amygdala (the part of the brain associated with fear and anxiety) shows little to no activity.
I also found out that orgasms release the stress and tension in our reproductive area and loosens it (and us) up so that when the blood starts to flow during menstruation, driven by the contraction of uterine muscles - there is less of a struggle and thus less pain.
It also could be the key for us living longer.
Dr Howard S. Friedman, author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life, looked at research conducted on couples. He cited a marital satisfaction study of 1,500 couples that recorded the frequency of orgasms women had. Twenty years later, Friedman studied the death certificates of each of the women in the study. What they discovered was that the women who reported a higher frequency of orgasm during intercourse tended to live longer than those who reported being less sexually fulfilled.
If that wasn't enough, orgasms also keep us looking amazing. Dr David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist, discovered that those between the ages of 40 and 50 who reported having sex 50 per cent more than other respondents looked younger. He said this could be because intercourse releases the human growth hormone, which makes skin look more elastic.
And next time you turn sex down because you have a headache you might want to reconsider; neurologists also found that sexual activity could lead to "partial or complete relief" of head pain in some migraines. The study, suggests that instead of using a sore head as an excuse to refuse sex, making love can be more effective than taking painkillers.
Maybe that apple a day was a double entendre.