You know how doctors and your parents are always recommending that you do word games in order to maintain your brains health? Well, here’s some good news for smart sex-lovers who are a bit sick of Sudoku: according to a new study, orgasms are actually better for your brain than puzzles.
Professor Barry Komisaruk, a professor at Rutgers University, has examined how intense pleasure affects the brain (primarily in females) for over fifty years. Through his research, he has explored the idea that orgasms block pain receptors, as well as activating much more of the brain than a simple crossword might. He told the Times of London:
“At orgasm we see a tremendous increase in the blood flow (to the brain). So my belief is it can’t be bad. It brings all the nutrients and oxygenation to the brain… Mental exercises increase brain activity but only in relatively localised regions. Orgasm activates the whole.”
I was getting an EEG done when I was in my teenage years for reasons I cannot recall (maybe my memory, apparently). My therapist at the time had told me that when you think of the person you love, your whole brain lights up during those scans. Having just fallen in love for the first time ever, I definitely tried this; unfortunately I can’t remember if that actually worked, but I think that was the first time the brain fascinated me as much as it still does. We know so little about it, but it literally controls everything we do.
On the bright side, it seems to be on our team considering it functions better when we do things that feel great (unlike, say, eating an entire sleeve of Oreos, which does not remotely assist our digestive systems).