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8 Ways Sex Affects Your Mind

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Did you know you can get sad once sex is over? Or that it can actually relieve pain?Understanding how intercourse affects the mind can help you learn more about yourself, your health and even how to improve the deed between the sheets. 

Sex Is Like a Drug

Sex makes us feel good. We want it, we enjoy it and that’s why we enjoy seeking out others to well, do it! We get pleasure from sex, mainly due to dopamine (a neurotransmitter that activates the reward center of the brain) being released during the act. This same chemical contributes to one feeling high when on drugs. 

Sex Is Like An Antidepressant

Are you sad? Get busy! An interesting study by the University of Albany in 2002 took 300 women and discovered that those who had sex without a condom had less depressive symptoms than those who did use protection. Researchers theorized that various compounds in semen, like estrogen and prostaglandin, have antidepressant properties. 

Sex Can Sometimes Be A Downer

You may be happy and enjoying yourself during the act, but what about once it’s over? Well, post-sex blues are real and about one-third of women in a study reported having experienced this.

Sex Relieves Pain

Women always use the excuse they have a headache to get out of sex. Well, don’t! Sex can relieve symptoms of a headache and other pain. 

Sex Can Temporarily Cause Memory Loss

Global transient amnesia is a sudden but temporary loss of memory that can be brought on by vigorous sex. It can last a few minutes or a few hours.

Sex Can Boost Your Memory

Well, if you’re a rodent. A 2010 study found that rodents who engaged in sex once a day for 14 days grew more neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory.

Sex Can Calm You

Sex can help you relax, de-stress and even lower your blood pressure. 

Sex Makes You Sleepy

Sex is more likely to make men sleepy than women due to the part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, which winds down after ejaculation.

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