Therapist and best-selling author, Marisa Peer, one of the world’s most-requested wellbeing speakers, is often asked to talk about why women struggle to climax and how to achieve a super-orgasm. With August 8th marking International Female Orgasm Day, she shares why orgasms are so powerful, their numerous health benefits and why she thinks the NHS should provide vibrators on prescription to women.
Research shows that seven hours of sleep a night is critical to our physical and mental wellbeing, but with busy lifestyles and many of us struggling to switch off at the end of the day, orgasms are a great way to unwind at bedtime. Climaxing releases the hormone prolactin which makes you feel more relaxed and helps you benefit from deeper, more consistent, sleep patterns.
The body’s natural painkillers - endorphins, and another of the miracle hormones, oxytocin that we release at orgasm help us better deal with the normal aches and pains of the day. It acts as an analgesic and almost doubles women’s pain tolerance, providing relief for everything from period pains to rheumatoid arthritis.
Women release small amounts of testosterone at orgasm which helps muscle retention. This is important for women as when they age they tend to lose muscle mass. Testosterone also helps us to stay at our ideal weight
Better than any expensive face cream, orgasms help to keep the signs of ageing at bay. An orgasm signals that a woman is fertile, irrespective of age, so it releases beneficial hormones including oestrogen and collagen to support the process. The result is younger, glowing skin as well as being a great way to keep spots at bay.
Forget botox or fillers - orgasms increase a woman’s blood supply and, as a result, the lips can naturally fuller.
Increased blood flow to the scalp also helps boost hair growth and results in shinier, healthy-looking hair.
Forgo The Massage
One of the main benefits of a massage is to get sluggish circulation going as well as achieving a feel-good sensation. An orgasm does both these jobs and improving circulation also helps banish cellulite.
Improved Immune System
Want to give your immune system a boost? Orgasms are the natural way to achieve this as they increase leukocytes which help lower inflammation and boost natural killer cells. Research has found regular orgasms can also help to keep heart disease, diabetes, migraines, stomach ulcers and even coughs and colds at bay whilst promoting bone health and tissue repair.
Orgasms flood the body with oxytocin, the feel good hormone, which is a veritable pharmacy of positive wellbeing. It can help to lift a low mood and the afterglow stays with us for up to 48 hours. Oxytocin is also great for battling stress. Having an orgasm boosts body confidence as the pleasurable sensation makes us appreciate ourselves and we become increasingly comfortable with how we look.
Commenting on the importance of orgasms, Marisa said:
‘The benefits of orgasms are so numerous that every woman should be able to access them on a regular basis, whether or not they are in a relationship and whatever their age. Buying Sex aids can feel uncomfortable for some groups of women but if they were provided by the NHS, this would normalise them and empower women to feel confident about self-pleasuring too. Rather than being perceived as just a sex toy, they should sit alongside taking vitamins or brushing our teeth as part of our daily routine’.