Orgasms Better for Your Brain Than Crossword Puzzles, Study Shows

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This is your brain. This is your brain on sex.

A recent study on human pleasure by Rutgers researchers Barry Komisaruk and Nan Wise has discovered what may be the best news since science discovered that pot smokers are skinnier.

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The study conducted in Newark, New Jersey, required female subjects to bring themselves to orgasm in the not-so-sexy surroundings of an fMRI machine. According to one subject, one of the challenges of this task, besides masturbating to orgasm in a room full of scientists, was maintaining perfectly still so the machine could accurately measure blood flow to the brain.

Ultimately, the tests concluded that orgasms triggered increased blood flow to the brain and, unlike mere mental exercises such a crossword or sudoku, orgasms brought blood flow to the entire brain, rather than just localized regions. This increased blood flow benefits the brain by carrying with it oxygen and nutrients.

Following the good news, researcher Barry Komisaruk plans on taking his sexual experiments to the next level, by measuring how orgasms might also block pain.

Finally your shameful masturbation habits can be written off as productive brain teasers. Thanks, science.

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Thank you for encouraging mature discussions around orgasm.

In our work treating female sexual dysfunction at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality in NYC, we often meet women who are struggling with orgasm. It's no laughing matter, and often their relationships feel the impact. 

Hopefully with more articles like these the discussion around orgasm can be more embraced than avoided.


One more thing they'll have to pry out of my cold dead fingers.

Jeff Brunton
Jeff Brunton

surely my wife will understand....after all it's for science!

Jeff Brunton
Jeff Brunton

Liking Sudoku and liking sex like I do....this is a really tough choice....can't I do the same time!

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