By Sarah Jio
Psst-you over there! Don't be shy…orgasms are as much a part of women's health as dental floss-but a lot more fun. For all the things you've been dying to find out as well as things you've never even thought of, expand your knowledge about the "big O" with this list of enlightening facts.
1. Orgasms can relieve pain.
Got a headache? Maybe you should have sex after all. "There is some evidence that orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain-including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth," notes Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, a nurse practitioner who works with Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles and blogs at Gynfizz.com. "The mechanism is largely due to the body's release of a chemical called oxytocin during orgasm," she says. "Oxytocin facilitates bonding, relaxation and other positive emotional states." While the pain relief from orgasm is short-lived-usually only about eight to 10 minutes-she points to past research indicating that even