by Linda Franklin – The Real Cougar Woman
Sex is one of our biggest preoccupations, and so it’s natural that it would be the subject of a slew of research projects. Scientists at Rutgers University, are using scans to monitor women’s brains during orgasm and are coming up with some interesting factoids.
Two minutes before orgasm the brain’s reward centers become active. These are the same areas that are activated when we’re eating and drinking. Then, immediately before we climax,other areas of the brain – the ones that receive ‘touch’ messages from the body – are activated.
The final part of the brain to be activated is the ‘control’ part which regulates temperature, hunger, thirst and tiredness. So, having sex at the end of the day, has many stress-relieving benefits, especially for men. Having a powerful orgasm is equal to having a 2-3mg shot of Valium. Now you know why they have sex and then immediately turn over and start to snore.
What else happens to a woman’s brain when she slips between the sheets? Is sex mind altering? The answer is yes.
The oxytocin, released during sex lowers our defences so we become more trusting. It’s also the key to bonding, because it increases our levels of empathy. Women produce more oxytocin than men and that’s why we are more likely to let down our guard and fall in love with a man after sex. Unfortunately, our body can’t distinguish whether the person we’re with is a casual fling or marriage material — oxytocin is released either way. So while it might help you bond with the love of your life, it’s also the reason you may feel so miserable when a short-term relationship ends.
Men, on the other hand, don’t get that same surge of bonding hormone, they get a surge of pure pleasure. That’s because the main hormone released for them during sex is dopamine – the pleasure hormone.
For women especially – the mind plays a major role in achieving orgasm. The key to female arousal seems to be deep relaxation and a lack of anxiety.
Regular sex – are you ready for this – may actually help us grow new brains cells too. That’s what researchers at Princeton are finding. So does that mean the more sex you have the smarter you get???Factors such as stress and depression have been shown to shrink the hippocampus, yet exercise and sex counteract this effect.
The benefits of sex are numerous to list on a blog posting, but I’ll leave you with this. Our l
ips have 100 times more nerve endings than our fingertips. So, if you kiss a lot before intercourse, the sex will be much better.
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