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Orgasms can do a lot more than just put a smile on your face….

Here are five facts you didn’t know about orgasms (but could improve your day)

Pain is relative

According to oprah.com, neuroscience has revealed that during an orgasm, your brain processes pain differently, so things that may feel uncomfortable at other times (times when you’re, ahem, vertical, and clothed) may feel surprisingly pleasurable. Women, especially, have higher pain thresholds when they’re at the moment some estimates say they increase by 100% near and during orgasm.

The best day to orgasm is…

Day 14 of your menstrual cycle. A study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that on this day, a woman’s clitoris grows up to 20%, increasing her chance of arousal. (This makes evolutionary sense, as it’s also around the time that ovulation occurs.)

It’s a way to plan your fertility

There’s a theory among biologists that orgasms evolved as a way for females to “choose” which males fertilize their eggs. What we know from studies with animals as well as humans: Orgasmic contractions create a vacuum effect that may help the sperm get where it needs to go, explains Menno Schilthuizen, a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands and the author of Nature’s Nether Regions to oprah.com. It’s by no means the only factor that affects your fertility, but it’s certainly more fun to track than basal body temperature.

It’s a thrill that keeps on giving…

According to sex researchers at Masters and Johnson,  “intense orgasms” (the mind-blowing ones) involve 8 to 12 vaginal contractions, each lasting 4.0 to 9.6 seconds. That adds up to more than 2 minutes of continuous mind-bending bliss.

A good orgasm is possible

It’s generally accepted that roughly a third of women are unable to have an orgasm through any means, says Cindy M. Meston, the former chair of the World Health Organization’s 2005 orgasm committee. A study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior confirmed that the shorter the distance between a woman’s clitoris and vagina (less than 2.5 centimeters is ideal), the easier it is for her partner to stimulate her supersensitive areas (tools and toys can help bridge the gap).

Want to know more?

Here’s another great fact: An orgasm a day can really keep the doctor away. Believe it or not, orgasms can actually help you live longer.

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Siyanda Nkala

Siyanda is a qualified journalist currently holding a position of Digital Media Coordinator for Longevity magazine. During her last year of study she worked as the online sub- editor for the school's online blog and that's where her passion for Online journalism emerged.

She is currently writing health and fitness articles for Longevitylive, does the weekly newsletter and writes a few snippet pages for the magazine. She hopes to gain vast experience in the field of online journalism.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.