We all like good news. Those of you who read my posts, however, may find it annoying that I periodically mention that a significant percentage of clinical studies are flawed and their conclusions not valid. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is. These studies even include sophisticated clinical ones conducted by medical experts at our prestigious medical institutions.
I’ve been searching the medical-health literature to find out whether orgasms are good for your health. Now you may not want to hear this, but the overwhelming majority of positive clinical reports were very unprofessional and seriously flawed, way more than in other medical studies. That’s not to say that the conclusions aren’t correct, but the data don’t support them.
Why is this so? There are number of reasons, one major one being that sexual benefits of health are not of as much interest to expert research doctors as, for example, the treatment of lung or breast cancer or manic depression. As a result, many of the studies are not designed and conducted by medical experts but usually by less disciplined investigators where the results are questionable. Also, sex is a very “hot” field, and men and women are understandably eager to embrace any type of information which is oftentimes misinformation. Because of this huge market-demand for sex information, there is a constant push and a rush to publish any kind of sex information regardless of the quality. Currently, there aren’t many places to find out the truth about sex and so this pattern, unfortunately, will continue for the foreseeable future.
Let’s take, as an example of exaggerated sex claims, a recent Huffington Post piece, “The 5 Health Benefits of Orgasms” where it is claimed that clinical research studies support that having only one orgasm a week has the following health benefits:
- Reduces the risk of mild depression
- Offers a 36% reduction of heart disease
- Boosts the immune system
- Fights the effects of chronic pain
- Strengthens the pelvic floor to keep everything in place and not leaking*
FYI, almost everything dramatically improves mild depression, including just the passing of time or a placebo. If only a once-a-week orgasm reduces heart disease by 36%, an incredibly dishonest claim, then nymphomaniacs should have the healthiest hearts of all! To my knowledge no one has looked into this possibility.
The Huffington Post writes about Karen Lorre, an actress and former Playmate, who describes her orgasm experience in, “Karen Lorre Has 11 Orgasms in One Day Thanks to ‘Orgasmic Meditation’.” She claims that the latter is a “…source of unlimited energy that’s found in all of us.” FYI, none of us has unlimited energy and few can have 11 orgasms a day- Orgasmic Meditation or no.
There are other orgasm-benefit claims such as prolonging life or longevity. To prove this in a medical study would, let’s say, require studying about 600,000 volunteers from birth to death dividing them into three groups: the first is never permitted to have an orgasm for their entire lives, not even by masturbation; the second once, a week and the third, twice a week. The volunteers must be constantly monitored to make sure they stick to their orgasm program. But maybe that won’t be necessary. The average life span of an American is about 77 years with women living to be about 80. That of Catholic nuns, however, is 86 years. One, therefore, can already make the argument that abstinence from orgasms prolongs life! That’s not farfetched for caloric reduction by the reduction of food intake significantly prolongs life in certain animals.
In conclusion, there are very few solid clinical studies that support the health benefit of orgasms. The good news is that there are reasonable clinical studies which report that sexual intercourse does not increase the risk of heart attacks even in most patients with heart disease. Regarding other significant risks in the pursuit and achievement of orgasms, there’s the economic one- but that’s another story.
*I’m assuming that the male pelvic floor is not included because, to my knowledge, it doesn’t leak.
Not too long ago someone asked me if there’s a male G- spot. Also, if so, is there a difference between circumcised and uncircumcised men?
I hadn’t the slightest idea so I did a web search and discovered that about anything a woman does to a man can turn him on from biting and breathing heavily on the ear, massaging a man’s prostate either on the outside of the body where fingers are placed between the anus and scrotum or actually placing the fingers in the anus, tonguing the raphe of the scrotum to biting his nipples. I could find no evidence of a male G’s-spot existence.
Then I searched for differences between men whose phalluses’ had been raped or circumcised and uncircumcised ones regarding the pleasure of the sexual act. It’s believed that the head of the circumcised penis is less sensitive than one with a prepuce leading to diminished sensations. I’ll repeat what I’ve said before and will keep reminding you. Most clinical studies are flawed and so also with these studies. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if they exist, I could find no proven differences.
Before I gave up the search, I decided to call G to find out whether he discussed this subject with the 300 gals whom he bedded with: In otherwords, right to the horse’s mouth. He did recall having conversations with many of them about men’s ways of making love but searched his memory bank for the G-spot discussions. Suddenly, he said, “Lorenzo, you won’t believe this. I do remember three separate discussions with them, and all found that their men’s G-spots were right where the bottom of the head of the penis meets the shaft. They would place their thumb directly on it and slowly move it up and down along with skin that moved over the rim of the glans or penile head. All said that they didn’t speed up much just before orgasm, and I don’t remember the reason why. I do, however, remember one thing that struck me. They all used Vaseline because the men were circumcised periodically applying it to the area. Maybe the reason why I remembered these three and not other conversations is because they were strikingly similar.
“Also here’s something else. Some of the best oral sex I experienced with women were those who with their tongues, and only a few knew how to do it, sensually caressed the same spot but, of course, without Vaseline. I understand that the top of the line ladies of the night are expert at this technique.”
Curious that his experiences might offer a clue to the male G-spot, I looked up the anatomy of the penis and discovered that where the ladies thumbs and tongues were placed is called the frenulum preputi penis which is a heavily innervated tissue that connects the prepuce to the shaft of the penis. One can reasonably assume that, though not unequivocally proven, with a prepuce of an uncircumcised man moving up and down over the frenulum during intercourse or other sexual acts, the sensation is greater than that with an over-exposed, insensitive one as a result of circumcision. But, I wondered whether Vaseline would nullify this disadvantage.
Now here’s my theory: In circumcised men the frenulum is more exposed to direct touch that those with prepuces. When the ladies place Vaseline on it, it not only took the place of the prepuce but is superior to it because of a direct, more concentrated lubricant contact.
Though G disagrees, most believe that the female clitoris is the principle G-spot of women. I have a hunch that the frenulum may be the G-spot of men, and this possibility should be explored. The only way to prove this is in a clinical study with a sophisticated protocol which I’m thinking about. On the other hand, my advice to you is, “Why wait – and don’t forget the Vaseline!”