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The Big O

Orgasms aren't just part of a healthy sex life; they're also good for you. Take our quiz to see what you know about the Big O.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Orgasms can cut your risk of heart attack in half.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In a 2001 study from the Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, men who had sex to the point of orgasm three times a week cut their risk of heart attack or stroke in half.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: An orgasm can help ward off cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research suggests that orgasms can lower the rate of prostate cancer and reduce the risk of certain sex-organ-related diseases.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is the main difference between how women and men orgasm?

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The correct answer is: The main difference in how men and women orgasm is that men reach a point where they can't hold back from an orgasm. On the other hand, women can lose an orgasm even as it's happening.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Orgasms can improve your outlook on life.

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The correct answer is: This is true. All kinds of age-defying events happen as three hormones (beta endorphin, prolactin and oxytocin) spill out of the brain during orgasm to promote happiness, diminish pain and increase relaxation.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How many calories does having an orgasm burn?

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The correct answer is: During their sex studies, Masters and Johnson found that both men and women burn 7 to 25 calories per orgasm.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Orgasms can cause headaches.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Most orgasmic headaches are not serious. However, a severe headache during orgasm can signal a serious medical problem such as a brain aneurysm or tumor, and should be checked by a doctor.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: The scent of male sweat can get a woman aroused.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Scientists have found that the chemicals and pheromones in male sweat increase sexual desire in women.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Regular, healthy sex can make you look younger.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A long-term study of 3,500 people in Scotland found that regular sex may shave roughly 4 to 7 years off your physical appearance. In addition to greater confidence and self-esteem, sex increases the body's production of human growth hormone, which improves muscle tone.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

When is the best time of day for an orgasm?

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The correct answer is: For men and women, morning seems to be the best time for orgasm. Testosterone levels are higher, blood flow is greater and you have more energy.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Why does a man fall asleep after an orgasm?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Many men feel sleepy after an orgasm because the body relaxes, blood pressure lowers, and muscles let go of tension.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's possible to enjoy sex without having an orgasm.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Many people find that the more they focus on having an orgasm, the more difficult it is to have one. It's more important to focus on the overall pleasure of sexual activity. Even without an orgasm, sex still feels good.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's normal for women to have abdominal cramps after orgasm.

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The correct answer is: This is true. During an orgasm the uterus contracts. In some women, this can cause cramping for up to an hour.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men can fake orgasms, too.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Men with delayed ejaculation have trouble with orgasm, either taking longer to reach it, reaching it only through masturbation or being unable to reach it at all. To avoid embarrassment they might fake orgasm.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is the number one reason for low sexual desire for most couples?

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The correct answer is: Too much stress saps away a person's libido by affecting hormones and mood, and by interfering with the quality time that helps a couple stay connected.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What stimulation leads to the most orgasms in women?

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The correct answer is: The majority of women have an orgasm more easily with direct stimulation to the clitoris.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which muscles contract when a woman has an orgasm?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. During orgasm, the muscles in a woman's pelvis, anus, uterus and vagina contract, causing a throbbing feeling. Muscles throughout the rest of the body, often in the face, legs and back, also begin to contract.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's possible to have an orgasm just thinking about sex.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You can have an "energy orgasm" by using your imagination, muscle tension and breath.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: For a woman, having an orgasm increases her chances of getting pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is sometimes true. In some cases, women who orgasm between 1 minute before and 45 minutes after their partner's ejaculation have a higher tendency to retain sperm compared to those who don't have an orgasm.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Is it safe to orgasm while pregnant?

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The correct answer is: Because orgasms trigger pelvic contractions and the release of oxytocin (the hormone that induces labor contractions), there's a possibility that orgasms may start labor in women at risk for pre-term labor or in women who are in late-term pregnancy. However, in most cases, having sex and orgasming while pregnant is perfectly safe.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can have an orgasm without realizing it.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The intensity of an orgasm may vary from person to person, but people usually realize that they're having an orgasm.

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Orgasm

What is an orgasm? An orgasm is a release of built-up sexual tension and a source of sexual pleasure for both men and women. For women, the vagina and clitoris become engorged with blood, leading to contractions of the vagina. For ...

men, blood flow causes the penis to become erect, usually causing the release of semen at the point of climax. Orgasms are experienced differently by different people, depending on the type of stimulation used, such as masturbation, clitoral stimulation, a sense of intimacy with a partner and other factors. Learn more about orgasms with expert advice from Sharecare.
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