Yes, there is a real reason that explains why orgasms feel so amazing. It has more to do with science and human evolution than you may think, too. If you thought orgasms were purely for the joy, think again. So why do orgasms feel so good? Here’s what science has to say.
1. They release oxytocin. Orgasms are fantastic because of what they release. Oxytocin is a hormone that’s responsible for a number of things in your body, including the feelings of love.
The more orgasms you have, the more closely you bond to the person who gave them to you. This awesome little chemical also reduces stress and helps you relax. No wonder you feel so great after an orgasm. Your body is pumping out this feel-good hormone.
2. They reduce stress levels. Another reasons orgasms feel so great is simply because they reduce stress. Stress elevates your levels of cortisol, which is often referred to as a stress hormone. Since elevated levels of this hormone can cause serious problems in your body, including issues with digestion, sleep, high blood pressure, and a worse immune system, lowering those levels will help you feel amazing.
Which is exactly what orgasms do. When they reduce your stress levels, your body basically sighs a relief on the inside – along with your sighs of pleasure on the outside.
3. They put you in a trance-like state. The way your brain is altered during an orgasm actually puts your body in a trance-like state. You don’t feel pain nearly as much and you lose a sense of self. You basically lose your sense of self and end up focusing entirely on the pleasurable feelings.
That’s why orgasms feel so incredibly great. They have the ability to block out other sensations going on in your body and even in your surroundings.
4. Your limbic system is activated. This is your emotional control system. When your body is sexually stimulated, it alerts this part of your brain and tells it that it’s time to get frisky. And that means your hippocampus is also activated, which is the part of your brain responsible for fantasies and memories.
Not only that, but it also triggers your amygdala, another emotional section of your brain that’s responsible for aggression, fear, and sexual functioning. And since that’s such a highly emotional and sensitive part of your brain, having it stimulated makes you feel all sorts of great things.
5. The hypothalamus and nucleus accumbens are activated. This happens when your orgasm is basically an orgasm. It’s the finale. All of your heightened senses and everything that’s triggered during sex finally peaks in these areas.
This is what makes your pupils dilate, your heart rate increases, and these regions are responsible for the epic feel-goods that happen when you finish.
6. The release of dopamine makes you feel REALLY good. While your nucleus accumbens gets triggered, your brain also releases a shit ton of dopamine into it. And since the nucleus accumbens is the reward system of your brain, it’s basically like you’re feeding it good things while having sex.
So basically, sex is addicting. It’s the same part of your brain that gets triggered when you eat chocolate, caffeine, cocaine, and even nicotine. The more you have, the better it feels.