In case you’ve somehow missed it, we’re in the midst of a full-blown flu-and-midterm season—a dangerous combination. If you’re one of the few healthy ones left with everyone around you dropping like flies, it’s time to do whatever you can to save yourself.
If you’re anything like me, you may have already started trying every immune system-boosting method people throw at you. Well, I’ve got one more for you to add to that list: an orgasm.
Orgasms are your best friend on the path to self-care and prevention. Seem crazy? Maybe, but just like the latest lemon juice/green tea/Echinacea germ-fighting concoction, orgasms have special healing powers of their own. So here’s why you owe it to yourself to go have one (or several) right now!
1. It’ll give your immune system a boost.
A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that people who had one to two orgasms a week had, on average, 30 per cent higher levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA).
IgA is an antibody that’s largely responsible for mucosal immunity, so it helps protect you against microbes that multiply in bodily fluids, like the cold and flu!
For this immune boost, I recommend the solo orgasm, since the more partners you swap fluids with, the more you expose yourself to germs of the cold, flu and sexually transmitted infection variety.
2. It’s the ultimate stress-buster!
This one’s a two-part benefit, because not only is stress bad for your mental health, but it can also take its toll on your physical health, too.
When you’re stressed, your body releases the hormone corticosteroid, which can lower the effectiveness of your immune system, making it easier for an infection to knock you down.
But orgasms are proven to lower stress levels through the release of endorphins and they don’t have to take long, so even if you barely have any time to spare, you probably have time for one.
If the relaxation itself isn’t enough, lower stress levels will also make it easier to put your stressors into perspective and find solutions.
3. For its natural painkilling powers!
Next time you have a migraine from studying too hard or cramps from the crappy food you’re eating while studying, I dare you to have an orgasm and not feel slightly better.
Many women have praised orgasms for their powerful ability to relieve menstrual cramps, and the hype is justified. Orgasms serve as a completely natural pain reliever, and have the added benefit of keeping us from abusing meds to the point of immunity. So next time you’re reaching for aspirin, opt for an orgasm instead!
4. To catch up on some ZZZs.
Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good health and immunity, but if you’re like the majority of students, you probably aren’t getting as much as you need.
How can orgasms help? If you’re having trouble sleeping, an orgasm is a healthier and more enjoyable alternative to reaching for sleeping pills. The deep relaxation that comes post-orgasm can be just what you need to doze off for a full night.
5. Because you deserve one.
You’re working hard, so don’t forget to take some time for yourself. It’s easy to throw all personal happiness and self-care out the window when you have a pile of work to get through, but sometimes that can keep us from actually doing our best.
Unlike cigarettes, energy drinks and alcohol, there are no negative side affects to the miracle method of orgasms—so go ahead and rub one out for you.
Stay healthy and happy this flu-and-midterm season!
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Need some extra help? You can always contact Concordia Counselling & Development at 514-848-2424 ext. 3545 for SGW and ext. 3555 for Loyola. Got a quick health question? Call info-santé at 8-1-1 from any Montreal number.
This article was originally published February 12th, 2013 in The Link Newspaper!