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7 Benefits of Orgasm You May Not Know About

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Some people take orgasms for granted, but researchers say experiencing the big O has more benefits than just enhancing your pleasure.

Women who experience daily orgasms know that the big O comes with health benefits such as sleep aid and pain relief.

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“Some people orgasm multiple times, some once, and some none, and that’s all totally normal,” says Rosara Torrisi.

Torrisi, a certified sex therapist and founding director of the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy, tells Health.com that orgasms, particularly masturbating, can reveal what’s normal and abnormal about your sexual health.

“It’s one of the few times people, especially people with vulvas, give themselves permission to touch their genitals,” Torrisi says.

The following are seven health benefits of orgasms.
 

1. Mood enhancer

Orgasms release a flood of feel-good hormones that help you calm down and relieve stress, Kate White, MD, MPH, tells Health.

According to Dr. White, these hormones include:

  • Oxytocin, aka the “love hormone,” which also aids with baby bonding.
  • Dopamine, released by the reward and pleasure centers of the brain.
  • Endorphins, the “natural opiates” that induce a sense of euphoria and reduce stress.
  • Serotonin, which helps regulate mood, appetite, and sleep.
  • Prolactin, that initiates milk production after pregnancy and plays a role in bonding.

 

2. Orgasm helps you connect with your body

Touching yourself helps to reveal body changes that you may not know about, such as yeast infections or lesions on your genitals. “It is really helpful to know what your body feels like, looks like, and even smells like,” Logan Levkoff, PhD, tells Health, “because if you don’t know what the norm is for your body, it’s really difficult to identify when something is off.”
 

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3. Self love teaches you what feels good for you

Most women can reach intense orgasms by themselves — without the help of a partner. Some women are okay with that because they know what feels good for them.

“A lot of people want to have orgasms consistently from penetration, and the truth is that some people can come consistently from that, but most people can’t,” Dr. White tells Health.com.

Dr. Levkoff says self-pleasuring without a partner can be empowering. “Know that you don’t have to rely on someone else to make you a sexual being or to make you feel a certain way.”
 

4. Orgasm strengthens relationships

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Beyond having a relationship with yourself, orgasms can bond you tighter with your mate – who you don’t have to depend on for pleasure.
 

5. Orgasm improves sleep

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Everyone knows orgasms improves sleep. This is achieved through sex hormones that are released in abundance before, during, and after the big O.

In edition to hormones, the muscles relaxing after the big O is similar to muscle relaxation techniques.

“Some people also build a habit of orgasming before bed, so it’s a part of their sleep routine,” Torrisi explains.
 

6. Orgasm maintains pelvic floor muscles

Frequent orgasms can be as beneficial as cardio exercises. An orgasm is a series of muscle contractions, that maintain or strengthen your pelvic floor, says Levkoff.
 

7. Orgasm relieves pain

Orgasm-induced hormones like oxytocin and endorphins act as natural painkillers, says Dr. White.

“Those pleasurable feelings tend to dull feelings of pain,” Levkoff says, noting this may be why some people find that orgasms relieve menstrual cramps.

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Meat Loaf Dies: Cher & More Stars Honor The Rocker After His Death At 74

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After Meat Loaf’s death, celebrities flooded social media with tributes to the rocker by posting sweet messages in his honor.

Meat Loaf had an incredible impact, not only on his fans, but on fellow celebrities who knew and loved him, as well. The legendary entertainer died on Jan. 20, and social media was full of tributes following his passing. Several celebrities weighed in with their own messages of love and support. Cher was one of the first stars to comment on the news, writing on Twitter, “Had so much fun with Meat Loaf when we did “Dead Ringer.” Am very sorry for his family, friends and fans. Am I imagining it or are amazing people in the arts dying every other day?!”

Piers Morgan also paid tribute via Twitter. “One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest selling records in history,” he wrote. “A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.” Busted singer James Bourne added, “RIP Meat Loaf…bat out of hell and straight to heaven.”

In his tribute, Boy George wrote, “RIP Meat Loaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese restaurant in St. Johns Wood.” Meanwhile, Meat Loaf’s friend, Stephen Fry, said, “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard life, Meat Loaf. Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Night Live way back in the last century…he had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful.”

Meat Loaf performing onstage. (Mel Longhurst/Shutterstock)

Meat Loaf, who was born Michael Lee Aday, was 74 when he died. His family confirmed the news with a Facebook post on his official social media page. The message revealed that Meat Loaf’s wife, Deborah, and his two daughters, Pearl and Amanda, were by his side when he died. The family did not share a cause of death in the initial statement.

“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man,” the statement said. “We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”

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Meat Loaf Dead At 74: Rocker Passes Away With Wife & Daughters By His Side

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Meat Loaf, the iconic rocker who had a career that spanned decades, has passed away at the age of 74. His family confirmed the news via his official Facebook page.

Michael Lee Aday, who is better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, has died. “Our hearts are broken to announce the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends,” a message on the 74-year-old’s Facebook page read. “His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.”

The statement continued, “Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspirational artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…dont ever stop rocking!’”

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Barbara Walters’ Spouses: Everything To Know About Her 3 Marriages & The One Man She Married Twice

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Yes, Barbara Walters had three husbands but was married four times. Here’s how that came to be and everything else you need to know about her ex-husbands.

Barbara Walters is a renowned journalist. She has interviewed an immeasurable number of celebrities including Donald Trump, Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, and hosted shows like 20/20 and The Today Show. However, she is best known for creating and starring on The View. She launched the popular all-female daytime talk show in 1997. She lead firey debates on the series until she announced her retirement from television in 2014.

As far as her personal life goes, the journalist and TV personality was married four times. However, she only had four husbands. While this may seem like on of those brain-teasing riddles, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. Here’s how Barbara Walters got married four times and everything you need to know about her three husbands.

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Barbara Walters was married to Robert Henry Katz from 1955 to 1957. (Dave Pickoff/AP/Shutterstock)

Robert Henry Katz was Barbara’s first husband. He has had a fulfilling life as a former Navy lieutenant and business executive. He and Barbara got married on June 20, 1955, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. She was just 26 years old at the time and her career in journalism hadn’t taken off yet. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last long. They filed for divorce in 1957 and had their marriage annulled in 1958.

Lee Guber

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Barbara Walters was married to Lee Guber from 1963 to 1976. (AP/Shutterstock)

Lee Guber was Barbara’s second husband. Lee was also involved in the entertainment industry as a theatrical producer and theater owner. They wed on December 8, 1963, as Barbara was in the early stages of her journey at NBC’s The Today Show. A few years into their marriage, they explored the option of having children. Unfortunately, they struggled to have a child on their own biologically which lead them down the path of adoption. When their friends who were looking to adopt a boy were offered a girl, Barbara and Lee jumped at the opportunity. They adopted Jacqueline Dena Guber when she was an infant in 1968. Barbara and Lee got divorced after 13 years of marriage in 1976 when their daughter was just eight years old.

Merv Adelson

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Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson were married from 1981 to 1984 and then 1986 to 1992. (Mark Terrill/AP/Shutterstock)

Merv Adelson is the lucky husband that got to marry Barbara not once but twice. The two met on a blind date that one could say went exceedingly well. Barbara got married to the CEO of Lorimar Television in 1981 as her career was booming and she was getting started on 20/20. The pair ended up divorcing in 1984, the year she landed the co-host spot on 20/20 alongside Hugh Downs.

They attempted to rekindle their relationship and even got married again in 1986. Unfortunately, the second time wasn’t a charm for them and they ended up splitting again in 1992. Barbara, however, didn’t hold their marriages not working out against him. “Merv was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor,” Barbara told The New York Times. “We stayed friends long after our marriage.”

Merv was a big name in the entertainment industry aside from dating Barbara. He was known as the mogul behind hit shows like The Waltons and Dallas. However, his ventures weren’t limited to the entertainment industry. He branched out and invested in the idea of a “24-hour market” opening Market Town off the Vegas strip in 1953. He paired up with a man named Molasky to open the Las Vegas Country Club which was funded by mob boss Moe Dalitz. Merv and the rest of them were exposed in 1963’s “The Green Felt Jungle.” Merv insisted to Vanity Fair in 2013.

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