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For those of the faint of heart or easily embarrassed, this article may not be for you. In fact, it may be best for you to stop reading right now. That being said, let’s continue. By suggesting you get your “O” on, I am not referring to a shopping spree on Overstock.com, but instead, orgasms! The benefits of orgasms are endless and can improve everything from your health to your skin tone to even your outlook on life. And the best part is, it really doesn’t matter if you achieve them with a partner or in the midst of a “do it yourself” project; either way, you will find that increasing your orgasms per week (or heck, even per day) could be the key to a healthier and happier you!

Let’s discuss the physical benefits.

Prevention of cervical infections: According to The Conversation, achieving an orgasm can protect against cervical infections through the process of tenting, the opening of the cervix as part of the arousal process. Tenting stretches the cervix and cervical mucus, allowing fluids to flow and flush out bad bacteria. Hence, the more orgasms a woman has (while practicing safe sex of course), the less cervical infections she is likely to get in her lifetime.

Decrease in pain: According to WebMD, orgasms can even block pain! Some studies have shown that a chemical known as Oxytocin that is released during an orgasm can help temporarily alleviate a number of female ails. This includes menstrual cramps, urinary tract infection pain and even some of the pain associate with endometriosis. Orgasm not doing the trick? Here are some more ways to fix your period problems.

Bye-bye, migraines: In a study performed by the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University, achieving an orgasm gave 47.4 percent of the study’s participants complete relief from their migraine pain.

Healthier heart: According to WebMD, women who had frequent orgasms (regardless of how they achieved them) were less likely to suffer from heart disease. Not only will an orgasm get your heart rate up, but it will also keep your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance.

Gorgeous Glow: Sure, it’s not a medical benefit, but gorgeous skin is another common factor in frequent orgasms. The increase in blood flow and release in human growth hormone brings a flush to your cheeks and the rest of your body that no cosmetic or sparkly lotion could rival. According to the Huffington Post, regular orgasms could have you looking seven years younger!

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Now let’s discuss some of the psychological benefits.

Getting familiar with your body: Whether you achieve orgasm on your own or with a partner, each time you climax you are becoming more familiar with your body: the way you need to be touched, the pressure you desire, even the way you prefer to climax. Knowing how to please yourself not only increases your confidence in the bedroom, but it also tends to decrease your inhibitions. While it is sweet to say that sex is an amazing connection even without an orgasm, let’s be honest: it’s just not the same. The more satisfied a woman is with her sex life, the more active of a sex life she is likely to have. This means if you can find a way to achieve orgasms with your partner (even if it involves some solo work on the side), you will be much more likely to desire sex, therefore increasing intimacy between you and your partner.

Less stress: Few things alleviate stress like an orgasm. According to the Huffington Post, stress is relieved when oxytocin is released by the brain into the bloodstream during an orgasm. When you achieve it with someone you care about, the psychological benefits can be even greater. It’s thought that when a woman achieves orgasm, not only does the tension in her body release but her mind quiets and her attachment to her partner increases, causing a rush of “feel good” emotions (via Wellness.com).

So what are you waiting for? Grab your partner or conjure up your favorite fantasy and get to work. Even without all of these benefits, let’s be honest: it feels amazing, and we could all use a little extra pleasure in our lives!

Skinny Mom tip: Finding your G-spot may improve the likelihood of an orgasm. The exact location is different for every women and may be tough to find. So send the kids to grandma’s, turn on our baby-makin’ playlist and take your significant other on a treasure hunt they are not likely to forget!

Having trouble going all the way? Learn more about how to orgasm here.