Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ladies: grab the head-board if you have a headache

by Alison Hipkin.

“If women are so bloody perfect at multi-tasking, how come they can’t have a headache and sex at the same time?” - Anon.

“Not tonight, darling, I’ve got a headache,” has become the clichéd excuse that women use to avoid sex with their long-term partners.

Unfortunately, this statement just does not wash: sex resulting in an orgasm can help combat pain.

During sex, blood flow increases to all parts of the body and as you reach a climax this takes pressure away from the brain. Complete relaxation after an orgasm reduces tension in all muscle groups, including those in the neck and back.

Orgasms have also been proven to reduce pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth (I’m not here to judge). This is partly due to the release of Oxytocin, a natural chemical in the body that surges before and during climax, along with the numerous endorphins that are produced at the same time.

This extraordinary discovery also points to why women become erotically charged before their period is due - the body craves the release of hormones to help it deal with pain. 

According to a study by Beverly Whipple, Professor Emerita at Rutgers University, author and sexologist, when women masturbate to orgasm their pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increase significantly by 32.1 percent, and this effect can last as long as 10 minutes.

So put the aspirin back in the cupboard and get under the sheets.  

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