At this time in the semester many students may feel stressed preparing for and taking finals. Not to worry, sex may be able to help with that. More to come on that… Stress is how you respond mentally and physiologically to challenges and changes in your daily lives. Contrary to popular belief not all stress is bad for you. Positive stress happens often enough for there to be a term for it, eustress. Eustress is the type of stress that makes you work harder to achieve your goals. For many college students feelings of eustress and distress (stress) may be experienced simultaneously.
While it is possible to experience positive and negative stress at the same time, students tend to notice negative stress more as it impacts health and general wellness. Common symptoms may include headaches, acne, increased heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, decreased ability to fight illness, reduced sexual desire – who wants that!?! Good news: sex and orgasm offer several health benefits! This is due to the hormones that are released as part of our response to sexual arousal, stimulation and orgasm. As such, when engaged in safely, sex may be just what you need to relieve a bit of stress and maintain optimal health and brain function for finals season. Here are 5 ways that sex and orgasm contribute to a healthier you for finals:
- Relieves stress – during sex you release a hormone, oxytocin, which is associated with relaxation and calm among other great benefits. Being in a relaxed state may help you feel less anxious while studying or taking a final exam which will likely lead to a better performance and final exam grade.
- Boosts immunity – In a recent study, researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often. The benefits of having a good immune system during finals are self-explanatory to most people. Yet, for the few who it isn’t – boosting immunity helps your body fight off illnesses such as common colds which are rampant during finals.
- Improves cardiovascular health and brain function– during sex and orgasm there is an increased flow of blood to all parts of the body including the heart and brain. The increasing flow of blood and therefore, oxygen allows the brain and heart to function more optimally.
- Helps you sleep better – thanks to release of endorphins and prolactin in addition to other hormones, your body experiences a feeling similar to a state of extreme relaxation and sedation. This is often why people fall asleep following sexual experiences – in addition to being worn out from the physical activity. In my role as a health and wellness coach – I can assure you that sleep is something most college students can certainly use more of!
- Feeling of general happiness – the combination of oxytocin and endorphins leaves you with a general feeling of happiness and bliss following sex and orgasm. You tend to perform better – academically as well as non-academically – when you are happy and feeling good about yourself.
Ask your partner to help you stay healthy this finals season with a dose – or two or three – of safer sex! No partner? No problem. The health benefits mentioned above are achievable for those enjoying solo sex or sex in which your partner enthusiastically consented. Enjoy! Until next time…
Keep it safe and sexy,
Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess
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