February 13, 2006 at 8:01 am #10557
This is an article that apperared in a UK broadsheet last weekend about the NHS(National Health Service)websites claims that orgasms ward off aches and pains. I remain sceptical, although I was interested to note the ‘pelvic squeezing’ the article recommends.
The Guardian Saturday February 11 2006
Get up close and personal to stay healthy
NHS Direct website sings praises of sexercise
It can help to reduce stress, soothe pain, cure insomnia, lower the risk of a heart attack and, as if that wasnt enough, make your hair shine and your wrinkles vanish.
Forget about jogging round the block or struggling with sit-ups, says the governments patients helpline, NHS Direct. The key for healthy living is, in fact, a good bout of sexercise.
Undertaking regular romps, according to an official posting on the homepage of the NHS Direct website, will bring a plethora of health rewards, from staying fit and burning calories to combating cancer.
Orgasms even release painkillers into the bloodstream, helping keep mild illnesses like colds and aches and pains at bay, and produce extra oestrogen and testosterone hormones, the site says. These hormones will keep your bones and muscles healthy, leaving you feeling fabulous inside and out. The increased production of the hormones will make your hair shine and your skin smooth. And if youre worried about wrinkles, orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening.
And its not just sex that helps, but the aftermath too: The toptastic, post-coital period after sex may be one of the few times youll completely let go, surrender and relax … and awake the next morning ready for seconds. But Dr Melissa Sayer, an expert in sexual health, said the site made unproven claims. Its good to see the NHS are promoting sexual wellbeing. But they are making claims that cant be scientifically substantiated. Yes, there is evidence that sex has benefits for mental wellbeing, but to say there is a link with reduced risk of heat disease and cancer is taking the argument too far.
After outlining the supposed health benefits of sex, the NHS Direct site goes on to explain how best to do it. It recommends readers to squeeze pelvic muscles three times a day to,get your sexual anatomy in shape, and, under the heading 0, 0, ohhh ,gives relaxation tips to help achieve, and improve, orgasms.
If all that fails, theres always the next suggestion: Simply shopping for sex toys together can be a turn on. Just dont pick anything too intimidating on your first go you can always build up to it later.
Not to discriminate against singletons, NHS Direct also says masturbation or, as it puts it, going solo can be a handy way to get to know your own body. Ann Grain, head of external affairs at NHS Direct, which receives over a million online visitors a month, defended the site and said it aimed to move towards a magazine style homepage.
This isnt just a bit of fun. There are still serious messages there, and everything we write is backed by science and clinical evidence, she said. But we partly put it up because of the run-up to Valentines Day I dont think well need it after that.February 13, 2006 at 9:32 am #10558
This reveals the difference between UK/european morality and the religious right morality running the USA currently. This commense sense sex wisdom could never have been posted on a govt. site, the poster would be tarred and feathered by the Just Say No crowd and forced out of their job.
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