Sex & Relationship

Myth Busting: Is There Anything Bad about Orgasms?

Why is there such a hush-hush about orgasms?


There are several topics that fall in the tabooed area and many people don’t feel comfortable talking about them. Where there are several topics that remain in the zone for socio-cultural stigmas, we wonder why something like ORGASMS, which literally means “Excitement” adapted from a Greek word, ‘orgasms’ remains in the taboo zone? Where several people have this notion that orgasms are not good for their body and hence refrain from underground the process, others who even enjoy it prefer to keep it secretive as if they are talking about a criminal offense they have committed. And we wonder what this hush is all about. Is there anything wrong with orgasms? Are they unhealthy? Is there any problem with having them? So, here are the answers.

But before moving forward, What is Orgasm?

While it would be difficult to generalize the feeling of orgasm but it is a sense of immense pleasure. Maybe like your body is falling in a pile of tingling ecstasy. Many people attempt at defining it as a rush of mild current in their body which makes them feel good. But different people can have a different sense of orgasm.


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Benefits of Orgasms


  1. Orgasms are stress relievers

According to a book, ‘The Orgasms Answer Guide’ by Beverly Whipple, she cited a study by Carol Rinkleib Ellison in 2000, which find found that 39 percent of more than 2000 women she interviewed said that they masturbate to relax.


Having orgasm makes the release of Oxytocin in the nerve cell in the hypothalamus (a region of the brain) and then into the bloodstream. Oxytocin creates a feeling of warmth and relaxation. So, yes, orgasm leads to the release of stress.


  1. It helps in brain stimulation


An interesting study by Rutgers researchers Barry Komisaruk and Nan Wise asked female subjects to masturbate while lying in an MRI machine to measure the blood flow to the brain. With their orgasm, a significant increase in the blood flows to all parts of the brain was observed.


  1. lowers the risk of prostate cancer in older men


Frequent ejaculation can help to ward off the risks of prostate cancer. According to the British Journal of Urology International’s research, ejaculating at least four times per week can lower a man’s risk for prostate cancer by up to 30% in men over 50.


  1. Can help regulate the menstrual cycle and boost fertility

Several studies say that cardiac rhythm in the process of orgasm improves immunity, mental health, and circadian health and hence, can result in regulating the menstrual cycle and boosting fertility.


How unhealthy can orgasms be?

While there is no significant and specific problem till now discovered by academicians, there can be after-effects like weakness and headache which can vary from person to person. There really isn’t anything unhealthy about it.


Orgasm is more like allowing yourself to explore your body and find out what it likes. It is an attempt at showing self-love and finding what gives pleasure to you. What should be normalized is having and not having an orgasm as certain people don’t get the sensation of orgasm at all and they have an unrequired performance pressure during their experiences of intercourse. Hence, what we need to normalize is the whole idea of orgasm and the fact of having and not having it. As honestly, there is nothing wrong with it.

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Ishika Aggarwal

Can write, shoot, listen, talk and procrastinate. A feminist at heart, Ishika is an avid writer and multimedia person who loves talking about women, realism, and society. When not working she is either seen watching films or making one.

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