84% of women report painful cramps during menstruation. From light yoga to painkillers to vitamin supplements, there are lots of remedies. However, experts are asking a new question. Will orgasms help with cramps? Now that period sex is no longer a taboo topic, it's a valid question.
Before your period occurs, your progesterone levels will drop. In response to this drop, your body produces chemicals known as prostaglandins. These hormone-like chemicals will prompt contractions of the uterine muscles.
These contractions allow your body to shed the endometrium. However, there's a catch—if your body produces too many prostaglandins, your uterus contracts more than it should. When this occurs, blood flow to the uterus is reduced. The oxygen supply is cut off. In turn, this produces the extreme menstrual pain that many women experience.
If you experience painful cramps, you may look for any type of relief. In some cases, sexual intimacy may be the answer. That's why we've assembled a guide to help you deal with cramps, menstruation, and discomfort during sex.
How can orgasms help?
Do orgasms help cramps? Here's how it works: when your body releases endorphins, you feel more pleasure and less pain. Your body releases endorphins in a response to food, exercise, sex, and similar activities.
When you have sex, the pituitary gland in your brain is stimulated. This prompts the release of 'happy hormones' such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and so forth.
These endorphins reduce how you perceive the pain occurring in your body. It mimics the activity of painkiller drugs like codeine, which means it's a natural way to reduce pain.
It's important to note that there are 6 different types of orgasms. The type of orgasm you want during period sex can change, depending on what you feel like.