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Orgasms can stimulate communication: Study

By AFP Relax News | Jul 03, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

It goes without saying that orgasms promote personal self-satisfaction and reinforce intimate bonds between partners, but a recent study says they could also lead to improved communication.

That afterglow sensation is actually the release of oxytocin, known as the "bonding hormone," which increases trust and creates an atmosphere of emotional comfort that promotes positive reflections.

In the wake of the flood of oxytocin, levels of the stress hormone cortisol plunge, reducing any pre-existing feelings of malaise.

According to researchers, the combined effect of these two significant hormonal changes provokes a state of mind that eases positive conversation and an environment where partners feel safe disclosing secrets.

"Post-coital communication is likely linked to sexual and relationship satisfaction," says Amanda Denes, Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and lead author of the study. "For this reason, pillow talk may play a pivotal role in maintaining intimacy."

Although this discourse may connote alcohol as another instigator of conversation and revelations, researchers say it isn't so.

According to researchers, partners who have been drinking are likely to divulge things they wouldn't otherwise say, but what they disclose is less likely to be positive or of significance.

"Oxytocin is an 'upper' and alcohol is a 'downer,' so it's not surprising that they have opposite effects on behavior," says Tamara Afifi, professor at the University of Iowa and co-author of the study. "People who drink more alcohol on average perceive fewer benefits to disclosing information to their partners."

In the study, 253 individuals ranging in age from 18 to 45 years old were recruited to participate upon the prerequisite of being in a sexual relationship, and most were unmarried.

Participants had been in their respective sexual relationships an average of 21 months.

Nearly all participants were heterosexual, according to the study, although gender was imbalanced for 75 percent were female.

Researchers set the standard for participants, defining sexual activity as anything that occurs "below the belt," then sent participants a link to an online diary in which they asked partners to log their experiences within two hours after sexual activity in which they were questioned about the nature of the said experience concerning alcohol consumption, intimacy, conversation and the activity itself.


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Jul 03, 2014 10:38 | 1 replies


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Jul 10, 2014 11:36 | 0 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 10:38 | 0 replies


I disagree with this research. My soon-to-be ex man can't talk about anything I mean he's a BORE in the bedroom. He loves xxx and after that kappa or tent and snore. I'm quite a talk-ative and for most of our lives together I've been the one always starting conversation. Worse when I'm annoyed about some of the things he does he just sit there with big eyes and shut his mouth. I guess I love him bcos he's smart, career-wise we r on same level of things, his car is mcwaah and we make a very cute couple but hey, I just can't seem to get him talk.

Jul 03, 2014 10:45 | 2 replies


You are right. Men are not made to talk but to listen to women.

Jul 03, 2014 11:20 | 0 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 2:58 | 0 replies


One thing I would say is that IF A MAN IS EXCITTED AFTER SEX HE WILL TALK ALOT & TELL YOU STUFF (even his bank pin) MAAR IF HE IS NOT EXCITTED HE WILL JUST LIE THERE AND SNORE AFTERWARDS. When he wakes up he either say "come let me take you back" or go straight to watch TV or get busy with something else.

Jul 03, 2014 10:59 | 1 replies


Very true. 100% correct , I have witnessed this myself.

Jul 03, 2014 11:50 | 0 replies


My python doesn't like to talk, he just wants to carry on...

Jul 03, 2014 11:11 | 0 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 11:25 | 0 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 11:27 | 0 replies


Orgasm...speaking in tongues!

Jul 03, 2014 11:39 | 1 replies
Jul 03, 2014 11:41 | 0 replies


Women talk a lot a stuff...rubbish, after they got it. Before that they're all moody and grumpy, but you've given it to them on a silver platta they open up and talk none stop and all I do is listen as they spill out their guts.

Jul 03, 2014 12:50 | 0 replies


Women talk a lot of rubbish, after they got it. Before that they're all moody and grumpy, but after you've given it to them on a silver platta they open up and talk non-stop and all I do is listen as they spill out their guts.

Jul 03, 2014 12:52 | 1 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 1:0 | 0 replies


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Jul 03, 2014 1:38 | 0 replies