Bring up the topic of sex to a group of people, and often times embarrassment creeps in. Add specifics like the idea of (yes, I’m going to say it) orgasm, and well, many people want to run for the hills.
But when I speak to groups about sex, there’s one piece of advice I always give. It raises eyebrows and gets startled looks, but hear me out:
“Give yourself an orgasm once a week. Put it on your to-do list!”
Here’s why: “Whether alone or with a partner, an orgasm is good medicine!” says Ellen Barnard, MSSW, Sexual Health Educator and Counselor at A Woman’s Touch Sexuality Resource Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Barnard cites these research-supported health benefits of an orgasm per week:
Reduces the risk of mild depression.
Offers a 36% reduction in the risk of heart disease.
Boosts the immune system.
Fights the effects of chronic pain.
Strengthens the pelvic floor to keep everything in place and not leaking.
- Secrets of the Female Orgasm (everydayhealth.com)
- The Importance of Healthy Orgasms for the Male Body (tongkat-guide.com)
- Never Had an Orgasm (everydayhealth.com)
- The Female Orgasm (everydayhealth.com)