What is the relationship between orgasms and hormones?

Sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen affect a person's sexuality, and the presence of these hormones - in proper balance - improves a person's ability to orgasm. Orgasms also cause certain hormones to be released in your body. During sexual activity, the nerves send signals to the brain to indicate sexual stimulation and arousal. Then when a person orgasms, the brain causes hormones and other chemicals to be released into the body. These include endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin, which may cause pleasurable sensations, relaxation, and a feeling of happiness.

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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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