Eight reasons (other than pleasure) why orgasms are good for you

I know none of us need selling on why you should have more orgasms, but few know just how many health benefits there are to having regular climaxes.

It doesn’t make any difference how you’re having your orgasms – solo or with a partner/s – just keep them coming!

Orgasms make you happier

Orgasms boost levels of the female sex hormone, estrogen, which makes women feel happier. They also increase endorphin levels, the body’s natural painkiller and depression fighter. Menstrual cramps and PMT disappear along with that blue mood!

They bond you to your partner

Oxytocin, a hormone which promotes feelings of intimacy, jumps to five times its normal level during climax.

They help you sleep

Oxytocin also makes you feel sleepy. Men drift off two to five minutes after orgasm, women usually fall asleep 20-30 minutes later (hence the ‘Why does he abandon me immediately after sex’ question. Answer: it’s biological!)

They make you less stressed

Twenty minutes of intercourse releases the lust-enhancing hormone dopamine, triggering a relaxation response which lasts up to two hours.

They make you live longer

Men who have two or more orgasms a week tend to live significantly longer than those who have only one or none. This could be because men who have three or more orgasms a week are fifty per cent less likely to die from heart failure or coronary heart disease.

They lower the risk of prostate cancer

For men 50 or older, ejaculating at least four times a week can reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer by up to 30 per cent.

They fight flu

Having sex once or twice a week also fights off the flu and other viruses by strengthening the immune system.

They make you better looking

A recent study of ageing people in Scotland found those who looked the youngest also had the most vigorous sex life.


This study has intrigued me, ever since I stumbled across it, years ago.

It was done in the US and focused on determining what made some women have multiple orgasms and others not. But the only women studied were nurses – 805 of them.

Sensible when you think about it.

Not only are nurses anatomically educated and know their own bodies better than most, they’re less embarrassed about being questioned about sex.

Comparing the nurses who had multiple orgasms to those who don’t, the researchers found they had this in common.

They discovered pleasure at an early age (they were the little girls who embarrassed the hell out of their mothers by ‘riding’ the arm of the sofa in front of friends).

They were more likely to have examined their own clitoris. They got the hand mirror out and had a good old look, usually during their teens.

They enjoyed oral sex – both giving and receiving.

They liked their breasts and nipples fondled, kissed and bitten.

They straddled their partner’s thigh or masturbated themselves to enhance clitoral stimulation during intercourse

They liked fantasising, watching erotic films and reading sexy books both solo and with a partner

They took an active role during sex. Their multiple orgasms didn’t happen by accident. They knew what they needed, knew what techniques worked best for them and – most crucially – told their partners.

They chose partners who were sensitive and sexually and emotionally intelligent.

They tended to form stable, satisfying relationships – possibly because they were able to satisfy their sexual needs effectively.

Habits we should all adopt, no?