Brain during sex: what does it do?

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Brain during sex: what does it do?

Do you know that your brain changes due to sexual activity? Don’t worry, it’s not as worrisome as you think it is, but it is really interesting how your brain responds to sex and masturbation. Knowing what your brain goes through during acts of intimacy is very essential, especially for people who have co-dependency and anxious attachment behavior patterns, since it will help them discern their triggers due to sex. Sexual health is a very important aspect and it should be taken care of to live a happy life. This blog will talk about a few interesting phases that your brain experiences before, during, and after sexual activity.

  1. Your brain releases chemicals that make you less sensitive to pain during sex: It is not just in your head, or maybe it is! Your body becomes less receptive to pain because your pituitary gland is highly active during sex and blocks low to moderate pain. This is essentially done for your mind to reduce distractions, but also works where you’re less susceptible to wince with a little hair pulling and rough movement.
  2. Orgasm and pain actually activate some of the same brain areas: You may have read or met people who like some pain with their sex. This is not as kinky as you think; the reason behind this behavior is because orgasms and pain during sex activate the same regions in the brain, the cortex. This is what makes a few people crave a bit of rougher action between the sheets to induce a more powerful orgasm.
  3. You sleep well after an orgasm: The next time you get mad at your partner for falling asleep right after sex, keep in mind that it is their brain that is at play! The brain releases hormones that make a person feel safe, satiated, and sleepy, which is why some people cuddle up and doze off right away. In women, oxytocin is a bonding hormone that induces feelings of love post-sex, especially if she achieves an orgasm, which is why codependent and anxious attachment type of personalities need to be careful of engaging in relationships that have mutuality and reciprocated feelings. It is very easy to get tricked into catching feelings for women, while men don’t experience the same effect.
  4. Even your skin could help you orgasm: If you think achieving orgasms just requires sex, you’re wrong. This is a careful combination of senses, which includes, sight, touch, emotions, and your skin as well. It has been observed that heavy petting and caressing the skin of non-sexual aspects too bring about heightened sensitivity which helps in reaching orgasms. For people who have had lower-body paralysis, it is possible to achieve orgasm too, since the brain rewires its sensation to other organs that can feel the touch, such as the arms or chest.

Knowing how your brain responds to sexual activity not just spreads awareness, but also helps you discern where you could engage additionally with your partner for a better intimate life. It also helps women to understand how they attach and why it happens to avoid being caught up in tricky situations during casual sex. You can always read more about sex and how to make it spicier on Mojocare, your one stop solution to a healthier life.