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National Orgasm Day: 6 Excellent Reasons We Should All Orgasm More

31/07/2015 10:46 BST | Updated 31/07/2015 10:59 BST

Whether it's a clitoral orgasm, G Spot orgasm, nipple orgasm or full body orgasm - us humans love a bit of slap and tickle, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

To kickstart the party this National Orgasm Day, sex toy company LELO has teamed up with experts across the globe to dish out six wonderful reasons why we should all orgasm more.

Here's hoping your day goes off with a bang.

1. Orgasms Help You Stay Youthful

Did you know that people who orgasm four or more times a week look up to seven years younger?

Dr. David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist and former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, surveyed 3,500 people and found those who had more orgasms looked younger.

A vigorous sex life, Weeks claims, was the second most important determinant of how young a person looked. Only physical activity proved more important than sex in keeping ageing at bay.

2. They Relieve Stress

Orgasms provide great natural stress relief and are known to actually relieve pain.

When we orgasm the hormone oxytocin is released from nerve cells in the hypothalamus (a region of the brain) into the bloodstream and this molecule, affectionately known as the “love molecule”, helps people feel warm and fuzzy and induces feelings of optimism, increased self-esteem and trust.

Studies have also shown that a rise in oxytocin levels can relieve pain including from headache, cramps and overall body aches.

3. Semen Has Antidepressant Properties

A study from the State University of New York found that women who regularly have unprotected sex are less depressed.

Researchers believe that this is because semen contains a hefty cocktail of molecules including mood-elevating oestrogen, oxytocin, cortisol, melatonin, anti-depressant prolactin, thyrotropin releasing hormone and serotonin.

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4. Orgasms Boost The Immune System

According to the British Medical Journal, there's a strong correlation between orgasms and mortality rates.

Those who orgasm two times a week or more can add up to eight years on to their life. Why? Apparently it boosts the immune system, heart health and brain power.

So orgasms not only make us look younger, they also help us to live longer too.

5. They Get Better With Age

The LELO Global Sex Survey shows only 4% of females are fully satisfied with their climax and only 31% orgasm during intercourse.

But the older women get, the more satisfaction they report, with more than 75% of those over 60 claiming their satisfaction is better than ever before, and more claim to orgasm during intercourse.

Whether it’s just from having more practice and knowing your body better, or the fact that older couples are more comfortable bringing a couples sex toy into the bedroom, we can’t be sure.

Whatever the reason, there’s definitely something to look forward to about getting older.

6. They Help Tackle Insomnia

While (anecdotally) sleepiness after orgasm is more associated with men than women, it can actually similarly affect both sexes.

Our brains release chemicals upon climax, which include oxycotin and vasopressin. These chemicals are associated with releases of melatonin, which help regulate your sleep.

And, of course, orgasms soothe anxieties and better prepare you for a solid night’s rest.

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Tips for a better orgasm

If you're having a bad time in the bedroom department then fear not. According to LELO, you can actually train yourself to have a better orgasm.

The muscles that contract during orgasm are called PC muscles, a hammock-like structure that supports your pelvic organs.

Kegel exercises train this set of muscles, and offer well-known benefits such as better bladder control.

In both men and women, performing regular Kegels can increase the intensity and frequency of orgasms as well.

Dr Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First says: "Your intimate muscles are like any other muscle, their power and efficiency improve with a regular work out.

"It doesn’t need to be a long, tiring, training regimen. You can begin right now, wherever you are: just squeeze your Kegel muscles for 10 seconds and release, then start again as many times as you want throughout the day."