Regular orgasms good for brain health

PEOPLE who have sex on the brain could have the healthiest brains of all, a US study has found.

Rutgers University Professor Barry Komisaruk believes people who experience regular orgasms are giving their brains the best exercise possible.

What began as an experiment on lab rats in the 60s, turned into a life-long fascination for the now 72-year-old neuroscientist who told The Times that orgasms kept people young, stimulate the brain and could even provide pain relief.

Since the 80s, hundreds of willing participants have agreed to pleasure themselves under the gaze of the professor's image scanner, which reveals the parts of the brain that are triggered during sexual stimulation.

His latest research shows the "tremendous" increase in blood flow at orgasm sends more nutrients and oxygen to the brain than most exercises aimed at improving neuro health.

"Mental exercises increase brain activity but only in relatively localised regions," he told The Times

"Orgasm activates the whole".

The results are not so great for the one in three women who struggle to climax at all.

Prof Komisaruk said there was "still a long way to go" to find why the big O proved elusive to so many women but advised "stimulating multiple areas at once" was a good place to start.

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