Most of us need no encouragement to hop into the sack with a lucky partner, but if the results of some rather risqué scientific experiments are to be believed, sex is quite the cure-all.
Arousal certainly isn't known for its ability to promote clear thinking, especially in light of the dumb things which come out of a man's mouth when he's turned on. But according to researchers at the University of Amsterdam sex may in fact, make one smarter. Results reportedly found that the release of hormones during sex caused people to perform better on mental exercises. This even applied to those who were just thinking about it!
The study saw participants doing sets of critical thinking problems with researchers discovering that those who thought about sex performed consistently better than those who did not. There's no denying that sex is wonderfully relaxing, but it seems that we can add a boost in mental faculty to the list of bonking benefits!
Part of that may be attributed to yet another alleged benefit of semen, with ejaculate by now having accrued an impressive list of properties, including the ability to promote healthy skin. This time around it's the ability to put one in a better mood, and we're not talking about the guy who's just got his rocks off.
The University of Albany has been doing some rather curious research, with their latest study pointing to the amazing healing powers of semen. Apparently, the study shows that it can have a significant positive effect on a woman's mental health.
Researchers say that "Semen is known to contain such 'mood-altering chemicals' as oestrone and oxytocin, which elevate mood; cortisol, which promotes affection; serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant; and melatonin, which induces sleep." The combination of that chemical cocktail? Happier women apparently!
We might be tempted to think that it's just the stress-relieving effects of a good shag, but nope, apparently it's all in the spunk. From a survey of nearly 300 women, researchers found that ladies practicing oral sex or regularly having unprotected sex were "happier than those who practiced safe sex." Apparently the women who regularly practiced safe sex were found to be just as depressed as the poor gals who weren't getting any at all.
So then, sex makes you smarter and semen makes you feel better. Apparently there's no need to visit the drug store for Ritalin or for an antidepressant when times get tough as Nature has had the solution for us all along.
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