A good orgasm makes you vibrate from the top of your head to the tips of your toes and every little cell in between. There has been a lot of debate on the physiological purpose of orgasms. Is it so that the spasms help the sperm find the egg? Is it to bond a woman to her partner after he helps her find pleasure? Truthfully, who cares as long as it feels good? And not only does it feel good physically, but it's doing something good for your mental health. Yup, there are mental health benefits of having orgasms that will make you wonder why you're not indulging yourself more often.
The mental health benefits of orgasms are plentiful and can be as satisfying as the physical benefits, from improving your self-esteem to lowering anxiety. Dr. Michael Aaron, a licensed psychotherapist, sexologist and certified sex therapist, tells Romper that orgasms are a potent form of stress relief, bringing calm and relaxation. Much of this is due to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is sometimes referred to as "the love hormone" for the feeling of well-being and bonding that it brings.
Orgasms can be achieved while having sex with your partner, but don't rule out taking care of yourself. Whether you're single, married and madly in love, or just don't see your partner much, it's not a bad idea to take matters into your own hands. Literally. Or get a vibrator to help you out. Fun fact: Vibrators were invented by doctors in the 19th century who were seeing so many women who had what they called "hysteria" (from the Greek for "uterus"), which included anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, erotic fantasies, pain in their lower abdomen and wetness between their legs. As Psychology Today described it, the doctors were unsure how to treat these women with hysteria, but realized that putting some vegetable oil on their hands and rubbing them on their clitoris seemed to give the women some relief. Umm, what? This was exhausting for the midwives and doctors, so they figured out how to create a little hand held machine that could massage their patients for them. Hence, the invention of the vibrator and the improvement in the mental health of many female patients.
Whether you climax with your partner, yourself, or with the help of an electric device, there are many ways you will mentally benefit from the Big O.