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How can having an orgasm help relieve pain?

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  • AEva Cwynar, MD, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered
    Endorphins are released during orgasm and can provide varying degrees of pain relief. Oxytocin likely plays a role as well. According to a study conducted by sexologist Beverly Whipple, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, when women masturbated to orgasm "the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased significantly by 74.6% and 106.7%, respectively," as measured by a sensory device designed to produce a report of pressure vs. pleasure. With these encouraging results in mind, try pleasuring yourself sexually the next time you have a headache, instead of turning off. You very well may end up feeling fantastic and pain free. Endorphins block pain signals from reaching the nervous system and thus are critical to maintaining optimum health.
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