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The research on the effects of orgasm on brain health is increasing constantly and it’s good news. Improved mood, better cognition, increased short term memory & new neuron formation in the brain – in short, more brainpower!

During arousal the symphony of signals from the genitals & senses pulse to meet the mental activity of the mind, exciting the whole system in a feedback loop priming us for climax, as the pre-orgasmic aura builds.

Blood flow surges through the brain, driven by the racing heart rate through expanding blood vessels to fuel the intoxicating cerebral activity with a well-oxygenated, nutritious blood supply.  – an Olympian peak performance workout.

When scanning the brain during mental exercises we will see an increase in activity in certain localised areas, whereas during orgasm the whole brain lights up (Wise et al 2017. Better than puzzling over Suduko for an hour.

Oxytocin is the hormone and neurotransmitter involved with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. Its release at climax literally makes people happier & promotes our ability to bond with our partner. “Having a regular and rewarding sex life is one of the most wonderful ways to lubricate our relationships—and having good relationships is associated with improved well-being across the board,” (Wise 2017). For women, oxytocin continues to be released even after orgasm.

Post orgasm the nervous system calms the body. Serotonin, the good mood hormone, is released, stabilising our mood, bringing feelings of well-being, and enabling brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other.

The especially exciting news is that repeated sexual experience is able to promote new neuron formation in the brain and stimulate the growth of the existing ones (Leuner et al 2010)

Clear away the brain fog, sharpen the mind and brighten the senses. When learning a new language, studying for final exams or starting a different career the orgasm advantage will deliver more cerebral power and keep your positivity lifting higher and higher as you grow into the next best version of yourself.

Once an orgasm has occurred, your brain tends to slow down. But it doesn’t go off-duty entirely.

“In both men and women, the orgasm signals the parasympathetic nervous system to start down-regulating (or calming) the body. The prefrontal cortex, which was previously activated leading up to orgasm, also becomes down-regulated – and this is linked to increased levels of oxytocin to facilitate attachment,” explained Sher.

Sukel added that the brain also churns out serotonin after an orgasm. This hormone is known to promote good mood and relaxation. In some people, serotonin can also lead to drowsiness and the desire to curl up for a nap.

  1. However, the brains of women tend to keep releasing oxytocin even after orgasm.

All brains experience the release of oxytocin during sex, which is a hormone responsible in part for creating feelings of closeness and bonding. However, the brains of women behave a little differently after orgasm.

“In women, oxytocin tends to continue to be released after orgasm, which may explain the motivation for post-coital cuddles,” noted Sher.

In addition, there is a cumulative effect. Having orgasms increases the ability to have more orgasms – practice, practice, practice.



Wise NJ, Frangos E, Komisaruk BR. Brain Activity Unique to Orgasm in Women: An fMRI Analysis. J Sex Med. 2017 Nov;14(11):1380-1391. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.08.014. Epub 2017 Oct 3. PMID: 28986148; PMCID: PMC5675825.


Leuner B, Glasper ER, Gould E. Sexual experience promotes adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus despite an initial elevation in stress hormones. PLoS One. 2010 Jul 14;5(7):e11597. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011597. PMID: 20644737; PMCID: PMC2904381.


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