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19 Interesting Facts About Orgasms

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For some people (like 19 year-old me), there could be way more than 19 facts about orgasms that would be eye-opening and new. It’s sad, but too many people don’t understand or take the time to think about what’s happening to them (and their partners!) during sex.

Well, I’m here to help! Read on to educate yourself, and, hopefully, get a little pleasure out of the process. *wink*

#19.

The oxytocin and endorphins released during a female orgasm can increase her pain tolerance in the minutes following by up to 75%. Maybe try this during labor?

#18.

It’s possible for a nursing mother to experience a low-intensity orgasm while breastfeeding. The experience has more to do with a spike in both oxytocin and prolactin, hormones that facilitate orgasms but are also produced while breastfeeding, than nipple stimulation.

#17.

A small Dutch study back in 2005 showed that 80% of women who wore socks had an orgasm, while only 50% of barefooted women claimed the same. I haven’t the slightest idea why, but I also don’t need more reasons to buy socks.

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#16.

If the average man produces 14 gallons of semen over a lifetime and an average orgasm produces 1 teaspoon, that means men experience 215 orgasms a year for 50 years. You’re welcome, dudes.

#15.

The average refractory period (recovery time) for a man is 30 minutes – but it’s only 15 minutes if you’re 18. If you’re seventy, your twofer days are over, as it could take up to 20 hours to recoup.

#14.

Ovulation time is good for more than getting knocked up – thanks to the increase of estradiol in your system, your clitoris can swell up to 20% of its original size.

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#13.

Want to live longer? Have more sex! A study that lasted over 10 years and included almost 1,000 men concluded that men who have a high frequency of orgasms also have a 50% lower mortality risk than men who orgasm with lower frequency.

#12.

If you’re struggling to orgasm, or to orgasm as much as you’d like, a change to your diet might be in order. An increase in certain supplements like zinc, magnesium, calcium, Omega 3, and chocolate (yep!) can boost dopamine and testosterone levels.

#11.

Orgasms are more fun that getting spooked or holding your breath, and it turns out they cure hiccups, too! It has something to do with how they interact with “the vagus nerve and signal leakage that occurs between various body reflect functions.”