Speaker 1 [00:00:01] Hi, this is Heather Shannon, sex and relationship therapist, and today I’m here to answer the question, will orgasming actually provide health benefits for me? And this was asked by a female friend of mine. And so my answer is going to focus on people who are assigned female at birth. So the great news is it’s a big fat yes, orgasming definitely has health benefits. And so I found so many health benefits and I had to write them down because there were so many of them to keep them straight. So to start out, we have circulation. So you’ll have increased circulation. You’ll also have increased functioning of your lymph system. And that’s going to include detoxing, improved digestion as well as skin benefits. You’re going to have hormonal regulation. And so cortisol, which is a stress hormone, is going to be flushed out of your system and then you’re going to have a boost to your estrogen, your DHEA, and your oxytocin levels. So those are all going to have health benefits as well. And the DHEA is actually a benefit to brain functioning, which is pretty cool. Your reproductive health is also going to have some benefits so it can help with regulating your menstrual cycle, it can help with reducing cramps, and it can also have potential benefits to fertility. So orgasming can boost your immunity and help you fight off colds and flu’s. It will boost your mood and reduce your stress. It can help your sleep potentially. It can help with reducing headaches, including migraines. And not surprisingly, given all of this other wonderful health information, orgasming more frequently can also boost your longevity. And so the research on this was conducted primarily with assigned males at birth people. But they also had some promising information and the limited research they’ve done with people who were assigned female at birth. So I’m going to give you guys an extra bonus for listening to the whole thing. But if you do have an orgasm, then your chances of having another orgasm within twenty-four hours are actually increased. And this is due to the erectile tissue in the vulva, which stays in. So if you’re loving the benefits, you can get even more of them. So I hope this was helpful to you guys. Part of my intention with this is just bringing more sex positivity into the world, because I know when I was growing up, a lot of the messages were focused on all the risks and negative consequences of sex and that sex is bad. And here’s why you shouldn’t do it. So I’m just hoping to provide a little bit of a counterbalance today. And I hope that you’ve enjoyed this video. Please keep letting me know about your questions if you want to. You can email me at Heathershannonlcpc@gmail.com with any questions or post them in the comments below. Thanks for watching.