Orgasm Balances Your Hormones.

Via Sara Gottfried, MD
on Jul 7, 2011
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You know the Hippocratic Oath? I took it back in 1994.

Do No Harm. Got it.

Hippocrates got it, too – and he wanted you to get some.

Turns out that during Hippocrates’ time and right up until the Freudian era (the 1930s), doctors prescribed orgasm as a treatment for women with various “ailments” such as hysteria (a convenient catch-all diagnosis applied to women who couldn’t or wouldn’t fit themselves into socially-prescribed categories and conventions).

After Freud, treatment for hysteria shifted from orgasm to psychotherapy.

Freakin’ Freud.

But before Freud’s time, orgasm – or “medical massage” – was regularly prescribed by doctors. When I first learned about it as a young medical student, I thought  that recommending “medical massage” a.k.a. “getting off” sounded pervy and rife with complex therapeutic boundaries…not to mention risky medicolegal issues. But then I immersed myself in the literature of orgasm and its BFF, oxytocin, and thought, “Hmmm, maybe those pervs were onto something!”

Let me explain.

Put another way, orgasm helps your holy trinity of estrogen, cortisol and thyroid stay in their sweet spot, able to serve you like Charlie’s Angels (link here for my post on this topic).

But, wait, there’s more!

  • Orgasm cuts pain by half without changing sensitivity.
  • Orgasm enhances fertility by increasing negative pressure inside the uterus – when oxytocin is released after orgasm, uterine contractions cause “insuck” of semen at the cervix. (Note – this is a good thing if you want to get pregnant. If you don’t want to get pregnant, have your orgasm before your male partner.)
  • Oxytocin may increase bone density and low levels are associated with osteoporosis. (Doesn’t orgasm sound like a better, side-effect-free way to keep your bones strong than Sally Fields’ Boniva?)

So if you want to get balanced – and stay balanced – well, you should try to get off. Doctor’s orders.

But it’s not just clitoral orgasm that counts. The release isn’t everything – it’s not even the whole story. (Indeed that whole approach to orgasm assumes that women climax like men.)

We now know that orgasm in both women (and men!) is broader than the simply the culmination of clonic (repetitive) contractions of the pelvic floor and smooth muscles of the clitoris.

We also know that oxytocin is maximally released one minute after those lovely clitoral contractions…AND that oxytocin levels can be increased simply by physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and breasts.

The pervs of old were right: orgasm, in all its forms, can cure what ails you. Doesn’t orgasm sound better than risky hormone replacement therapy? No scary side effects like breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Best. Hormone. Treatment. EVER.


About Sara Gottfried, MD

I believe in evidence-based ancient wisdom. I believe in eating your leafy greens rather than popping synthetic pills. I believe in Ayurveda and integrative medicine. I believe in botanical therapies over synthetic hormones. I believe you deserve to feel sexy, ripe and delicious. I believe in tending your flame. I believe that proactively managing and optimizing your health is your divine responsibility and a path to personal power. I’m a mother suspicious of processed sugar and a yogini hotly pursuing lithe, lean lusciousness. I’m committed to deep green, organic living. I’m a scholar and a seeker of truth, vitality, hormonal balance, sacred balance, spirituality and divine self-actualization. I’m Sara Gottfried, MD and you can find me at my website or love my Facebook page.


11 Responses to “Orgasm Balances Your Hormones.”

  1. Vic says:

    What a great, concise article! Kudos!

  2. Not the Buddha says:

    Cool! Thanks for sharing the insights!

  3. Wendy says:

    Totally Awesome and totally agree – the ancient pervs were right 🙂

  4. librium says:

    Think it's possible to over do it? See "Vibrators and Other Pleasures: When Moderation Fails"

  5. Louise Brooks says:

    I hope all those wet blankets that espouse brahmacharyha as celibacy read this article.

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  10. kim says:

    Does this apply to men also?