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7 Little Ways Orgasms Make Your Life Better

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You probably don't need me to talk you into having an orgasm. I mean, orgasms are great, right? They feel great, they make you feel like a queen, and the best news yet? They're actually really, really good for you. That's right — having an orgasm can improve your health. On the big scale, intimacy and sexual pleasure are important. But what about the little ways orgasms make your life better? What about the ways you didn't even know having an orgasm was helping you out?

When you're feeling stressed, feeling tired, or just plain old feeling gross, you might veer away from the idea of getting intimate. It can be difficult to get yourself into that mind frame. But that's when an orgasm can wind up helping you out the most. So the next time you've got a headache and want to push your partner away, or the next time you feel a cold coming on and stash your vibrator away until you've gotten over it? Think twice. Pull out this handy dandy list of ways orgasms are helping you out behind the scenes, and get ready to get down with your bad self. You'll wind up thanking yourself for it later.

1. They Provide Stress Relief

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When you orgasm, it releases the hormone oxytocin from the hypothalmus into the bloodstream. Oxytocin stimulates feelings of warmth and relaxation, according to Carol Rinkleib Ellison's report for Planned Parenthood. And if thats not convincing enough, Ellison noted that 39 percent of women masturbate in order to relax.

2. They're Anti-Aging

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Some doctors say that frequent sex can promote collagen production, which helps keep skin looking young and helps reduce age spots. Oh, and remember your friend oxytocin? It doesn't just make you warm and fuzzy, it makes you glow, too.

3. They Can Help Battle Breast Cancer

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That's right, your good friend oxytocin's back at it again. Studies show that an increase in oxytocin can be an important preventative factor when it comes to breast cancer.

4. They Boost Your Immune System

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In a study done by psychologists Carl Charnetski and Francis Brennan, tests subjects who had sex at least one to two times a week had higher levels of  immunoglobulin A in their saliva. What's  immunoglobulin A? Your body's first defense against cold viruses.

5. They Relieve Headaches

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An orgasm releases a rush of endorphins throughout your body, which can increase your pain threshold. Who wouldn't like to trade in their Advil for an orgasm?

6. They Help With Sleep

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In The Orgasm Answer Guide, Beverly Whipple states a study by Ellison that reported 32 percent of women using an orgasm as a sleep aid. Studies suggest that the release of oxytocin and endorphins into your bloodstream make for a more comfortable sleep environment.

7. They Stimulate Your Brain

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In a study done by Rutgers researchers Barry Komisaruk and Nan Wise, data showed that orgasm increased the flow of nutrient-rich blood flow to different parts of the brain, and oxygenation too!