Orgasms: Put Down the Crossword Puzzle and Come Here!

Dr Duran Duran and Barbarella experiment with the orgasmatron.

Orgasms are good for you. Very. Very. Good for you. Along with working out the body to get to one, once you’re there, your brain is getting more blood flow than a crossword puzzle or game of Sudoku provides. According to Rutgers University professor Barry Komisaruk, who has been researching orgasms for decades:

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 (such as crosswords and Sudoku) increase brain activity but only in relatively localised regions. Orgasm activates the whole.

Komisaruk has conducted his research with female volunteer subjects in his brain scanning laboratory at the university’s Department of Psychology. The lucky ladies slip inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine and bring themselves to orgasm while their responses are measured. Fellow Rutgers researcher Nan Wise confesses that for her PhD studies she herself enjoyed sessions in the functional magnetic resonance imaging machine:

I have have been my own subject more times than I would like to say.

But it was all for science. Really. Learning how the pleasure center of the brain is activated can have far-reaching implications for those suffering from depression, chronic pain, and low Scrabble scores.

Ladies this is your brain at orgasm, courtesy of The Visual MD

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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