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.