UK’s National Orgasm Day Sheds Light On Benefits Of Sexual Climax

It seems the pleasures obtained from sexual activity are so great, there’s even a special day set aside for it in the UK. Dubbed appropriately National Orgasm Day, it highlights the health and psychological benefits experienced, and a sex therapist has given a lowdown on exactly why orgasms are so darn good for us.

While National Orgasm Day might sound like a bit of a joke or a PR stunt by a sex toy company, and the Twittersphere naturally had a field day, the orgasm is so much more than a moment of sheer pleasure it seems. It also greatly improves our health, can keep us looking younger, and even make us live longer.

I just can’t come up with a joke for National Orgasm Day so you’ll have to finish this one on your own. — Crunk Jews (@Crunk_Jews) July 31, 2015

The actual experience of an orgasm can be different from person to person, but everyone agrees that the intense pleasure from experiencing an orgasm is wonderful indeed. However, for those women who do not experience this climax to a sexual encounter, it can also cause much anxiety and stress.

Sometimes we are so worried about actually achieving an orgasm, especially at the same time as our partner, we actually forget to relax and simply enjoy the experience of touch and sexual pleasure.

Like in the movie When Harry Met Sally, some women are known to fake an orgasm purely to calm their partner’s concern, but that is not the answer. What can help, of course, is to let your partner know exactly what gives you pleasure, and they will be sure to want to help.

According to an article in the Independent by Victoria Lehmann, sexual and relationship therapist and adviser to the Sexual Advice Association, when a person, male or female, cannot achieve orgasm, the type of sexual dysfunction is called anorgasmia.

Experts estimate that around 4.7 percent of women suffer from this, although little research has been carried out. Occasionally, we are worried that our children or other people might hear the noise of our love making, which has a drastic effect on the possibilities of orgasm.

Men get worried that they have failed in some way if their partners don’t achieve the finality required. But rarely do we speak to each other about our concerns and worries.

If you don’t think about it, maybe it will come. What sex therapists say is the most important part of the sexual act is to forget about having an orgasm, relax and focus on all the wonderful sensations and pleasurable feelings and eventually the much-wanted orgasm can follow.

Whether you are currently experiencing orgasms on a regular basis or not, the experts behind National Orgasm Day list the following benefits achieved from the pleasurable experience.

Besides speeding up our breathing and giving us a cardiac workout, orgasms have all kinds of other effects on our health. According to Dr. David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital surveyed 3,500 people and made the discovery that those who achieved orgasm looked younger. However, he did add that physical activity proved more important than sex in keeping a young appearance.

The act of experiencing an orgasm releases the hormone oxytocin, known affectionately as the “love molecule,” which instantly makes people feel warm and fuzzy, almost like a natural anti-depressant. Experts reckon that a rise in oxytocin levels can also relieve pain, including that headache the wife had prior to you convincing her to have sex.

Besides oxytocin, another chemical called vasopressin is released, and both chemicals are associated with the release of melatonin, which can often help in sleep disorders. That pleasurable release can make you snooze like an infant.

The Mirror quotes from a study run by the State University of New York which showed that women who experience unprotected sex on a regular basis are less depressed.

It turns out semen contains a magical cocktail of anti-depressant chemicals like estrogen, oxytocin, cortisol, and melatonin, along with the anti-depressant prolactin, thyrotropin, and serotonin. Isn’t nature just wonderful?

Last, but by no means least, as National Orgasm Day closes for another year, the British Medical Journal states that there is a strong correlation between orgasms and mortality rates. They calculate that people who orgasm twice a week or more can add around eight years to their lives. This is due to the fact that the act boosts the immune system and improves brain and heart power.

So imagine that, experiencing regular orgasms can not only give us extreme pleasure, it can make us look younger, feel so much happier, and can also extend our lives.

On that note the LELO Global Sex Survey revealed that the older women get, the more satisfaction they receive from the act of sexual climax. More than 75 percent of those over the age of 60 surveyed claimed their satisfaction was far better than before. So that’s a good thing to bear in mind as we age in life — there have to be some benefits, right?

So again, as National Orgasm Day comes to a close for another year, it seems Nicki Minaj is concerned about women who don’t achieve climax, as reported on the Inquisitr recently.

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