Orgasms boost your immune system? Yes, please!
Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about viruses.
Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer.
But, there’s another thing you can do to boost your immune system.
You can fuck. Fuck other people, fuck yourself, have orgasms.
It’s way more fun than washing your hands (please wash your hands).
Seriously, sex and orgasm can actually boost your immune function. Leukocytes (fancy talk for white blood cells) are an important part of our immune system. They attack and kill infection. Being sexually aroused and/or having an orgasm increases the number of leukocytes in our blood stream, at least temporarily (Haake, et. al. 2004). Oxytocin is also increased through sexual arousal. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released when we cuddle, when we are turned on, or when we see an adorable small creature. Looking at those puppy and kitten pictures on the internet is literally good for you. It’s chemically soothing your brain (this might not apply to my practice of shoving pictures of adorable dogs in people’s faces). Not only is oxytocin lovely, but it’s also an important part of the immune system. It helps to regulate the immune system and make sure that it’s ready to act when it gets attacked (Li, et. al. 2017).
So jack off, pet the kitty, use a vibrator, have Skype sex, cuddle with someone who’s not coughing and remember, when things get tough, finding pleasure helps see us through.
Haake, P., Krueger, T. H. C., Goebel, M. U., Heberling, K. M., Hartmann, U., & Schedlowski, M. (2004). Effects of sexual arousal on lymphocyte subset circulation and cytokine production in man. Neuroimmunomodulation, 11(5), 293–298.
Li, T., Wang, P., Wang, S. C., & Wang, Y. F. (2017). Approaches Mediating Oxytocin Regulation of the Immune System. Frontiers in immunology, 7, 693. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2016.00693