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Why Do Orgasms Feel So Good? 12 Ways They Affect Your Brain

When it comes to sex, we’re all a little curious about why it’s so great. Why do orgasms feel so good? Science weighs in and answers your questions.

why do orgasms feel so good

Sex feels amazing. We all know that. Orgasms feel even better if you’re lucky enough to have one. That much we also know. But why do orgasms feel so good? What about them makes our whole body feel full of bliss and pleasure?

It seems pretty simple to understand. They feel good because it’s an orgasm and orgasms are supposed to feel great. However, there are actual, scientific reasons orgasms feel so damn good.

The many benefits of having orgasms regularly

There’s a lot more to gain by having orgasms than just feeling good. Not only are they great stress reducers, they can also improve your sleep, make your heart healthier, and can even make your immune system stronger.

And that’s all not including the fact that when you have more orgasms with your partner specifically, you bond closer to them. Plus, they also make you happier. We all know how much better life is when we’re happy. [Read: 14 amazing benefits of sex that’ll make you want more]

Why do orgasms feel so good?

Yes, there is a real reason that explains why orgasms feel so amazing. It has more to do with science and human evolution than you may think, too. If you thought orgasms were purely for the joy, think again. So why do orgasms feel so good? Here’s what science has to say.

#1 They release oxytocin. Orgasms are fantastic because of what they release. Oxytocin is a hormone that’s responsible for a number of things in your body, including the feelings of love.

The more orgasms you have, the more closely you bond to the person who gave them to you. This awesome little chemical also reduces stress and helps you relax. No wonder you feel so great after an orgasm. Your body is pumping out this feel-good hormone. [Read: Why oxytocin can be toxic to bad relationships]

#2 They reduce stress levels. Another reasons orgasms feel so great is simply because they reduce stress. Stress elevates your levels of cortisol, which is often referred to as a stress hormone. Since elevated levels of this hormone can cause serious problems in your body, including issues with digestion, sleep, high blood pressure, and a worse immune system, lowering those levels will help you feel amazing.

Which is exactly what orgasms do. When they reduce your stress levels, your body basically sighs a relief on the inside – along with your sighs of pleasure on the outside.

#3 They put you in a trance-like state. The way your brain is altered during an orgasm actually puts your body in a trance-like state. You don’t feel pain nearly as much and you lose a sense of self. You basically lose your sense of self and end up focusing entirely on the pleasurable feelings.

That’s why orgasms feel so incredibly great. They have the ability to block out other sensations going on in your body and even in your surroundings. [Read: 40 interesting, fun quotes about the female orgasm]

#4 Your limbic system is activated. This is your emotional control system. When your body is sexually stimulated, it alerts this part of your brain and tells it that it’s time to get frisky. And that means your hippocampus is also activated, which is the part of your brain responsible for fantasies and memories.

Not only that, but it also triggers your amygdala, another emotional section of your brain that’s responsible for aggression, fear, and sexual functioning. And since that’s such a highly emotional and sensitive part of your brain, having it stimulated makes you feel all sorts of great things.

#5 The hypothalamus and nucleus accumbens are activated. This happens when your orgasm is basically an orgasm. It’s the finale. All of your heightened senses and everything that’s triggered during sex finally peaks in these areas.

This is what makes your pupils dilate, your heart rate increases, and these regions are responsible for the epic feel-goods that happen when you finish. [Read: How to orgasm harder with edging]

#6 The release of dopamine makes you feel REALLY good. While your nucleus accumbens gets triggered, your brain also releases a shit ton of dopamine into it. And since the nucleus accumbens is the reward system of your brain, it’s basically like you’re feeding it good things while having sex.

So basically, sex is addicting. It’s the same part of your brain that gets triggered when you eat chocolate, caffeine, cocaine, and even nicotine. The more you have, the better it feels.

#7 We’ve evolved so the process of reproduction feels good. It’s all about the survival of our species. We can talk all day about how our brains make orgasms feel good but at the end of the day, it’s evolution.

In order for our species to survive, we needed to reproduce. We needed to want to make babies. What better way of ensuring we reproduce than to make the process feel ridiculously amazing?

Genetically, a long time ago, those who had more kids were those who found sex to feel the best. Which means they engaged in it a lot, hence the excessive amount of children. Those kids then received the same genetics that made sex feel amazing.

This cycle continued for thousands upon thousands of years and now sex feels incredible. So, scientifically speaking, sex feels good because it ensures the survival of our species. [Read: 12 rules of attraction as explained by science]

Other benefits of orgasming

Because orgasms give you all the feel goods, there are even more great things that accompany getting off regularly. Here’s why you need to be having more orgasms.

#1 Higher pain tolerance. When having sex, the line between pain and pleasure gets fudged a little. That’s why so many people enjoy rough sex that includes spanking, hair pulling, and even flogging. Those things that are traditionally painful aren’t painful at all anymore. [Read: The couple’s naughty guide to erotic spanking]

#2 You’ll live longer. Sex is hella good for your body. It’s especially good for your heart and immune system. Since your heart is working harder during orgasm, it’ll get stronger and stronger the more of them you have. This means your heart can hold out for much longer as you age.

#3 You’ll be skinnier. We all know how much of a workout sex is. It can be just as beneficial as a 30-minute run. Which, of course, can help you stay skinny and in shape.

#4 It’ll help you look younger. Instead of getting a face-lift, just have more sex! Since the human growth hormone gets released during sex and it’s responsible for giving your skin its elasticity, it’ll help you look a lot younger. [Read: 15 sexy benefits of masturbation]

#5 It’ll make you smarter. Some may argue this but science doesn’t lie. When you orgasm, there’s increased blood flow to your brain. This also means your brain receives even more oxygen and, when your brain is fully oxygenated, it heals faster and is stronger in general. Therefore, you’re smarter.

[Read: 10 reasons you should have great sex every single day]

So why do orgasms feel so good? The mystery of the euphoric feeling has been solved by science. Next time you get busy, you’ll know why it feels great.

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