Can sex help with menstrual cramps?
More than half of women (50-90%) suffer from pain during their menstrual cycle. Most of that pain manifests in cramps. Prostaglandins are released from the uterus when the progesterone hormone levels drop at the beginning of a women’s period. Prostaglandins make the muscles in the uterus contract– resulting in cramping. Most of this pain is felt in the lower abdomen pelvic floor: an area in the body directly linked to sex.
Many women choose over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to help alleviate cramps. Other ailments include hot baths and exercise. However, one of the best ways to help rid of cramp pain is by having sex. During sex your body releases pain killing endorphins, just like exercising.
An Effective Pain Relief
Sex during menstruation used to be considered taboo. However, now in 2018, it is common practice. A study conducted by The University of Illinois found that 90% of women had no objection to having sex on their period. So, take note- having sex not only relieves horiness, but can also alleviate debilitating menstrual cramps.
How It Helps
Vaginal penetration can help with pain due to pressure. According to a study on gender and pain published by IASP Press in 2000, pressure to the vagina can increase a woman’s pain threshold by 75%.
When a woman orgasms through vaginal stimulation, her nerves lose the ability to communicate period-pain. When orgasming, noradrenaline levels increase significantly, resulting in pulsation of the vagina. The noradrenaline effect on the body stops the communication of pain from pelvic floor to the brain.
The neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) released during orgasm (acetylcholine, nitric oxide, serotonin, dopamine and also noradrenaline) all produce positive effects. These neurotransmitters give us an endorphin high. These effects are powerful on the body and work with the part of the brain called the “reward pathway.” This enhances our pleasure and in essence, rids our pain.
Better Sexual Satisfaction
If you are looking to enhance your sex life, having the right tools to get there is paramount to your success. Consulting a medical professional who specializes in sexual satisfaction can help you cultivate those tools. Dr. Elist is a doctor who has worked closely with thousands of men worldwide to help increase their sexual performance and satisfaction.